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Some options would include: (1) asking your clients/customers to pay by credit card or money order, (2) requiring that your customers/clients write checks only from a Canadian bank that has a partnership agreement with your U.S. bank (the checks would have an imprint that says something like "The Canadian Bank, Eh payable through Bank of America"), or (3) pass along the fees to the client/customer (or build them into your overhead costs). 80 percent of that fee you paid in this case was probably charged by the Canadian bank, not BoA, and passed along to you (that is, if your transaction was a typical one). It's not unusual, but it is somewhat unpredictable -- and you're right, it can eat your lunch. Canadian customers who buy from U.S. businesses have dealt with all this before, and will likely understand your problem and need for a solution. Good luck.