Some foreign exchange bureaus offer money remittance service (international money transfer) through their own network of trusted agents. The benefits of having a trusted agent to remit money as opposed to the traditional remittance companies (such as Western Union or MoneyGram) is the ability to offer highly competitive rates to your customers.
eWire could also be used for Hawala-style remittances. Hawala (Arabic: meaning transfer), (also known as hundi) is an informal value transfer system based on the performance and honor of a huge network of money brokers, which are primarily located in the Middle East, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and South Asia. It is basically a parallel or alternative remittance system that exists or operates outside of, or parallel to traditional banking or financial channels. In some nations hawala is illegal and in others the activity is considered a part of the “gray” economy. It is important that you make sure using this style of money transfer is legitimate and acceptable in all countries where you operate.
The benefit of using a system like CXR-Pro is that it allows for these transfers to be recorded according to an internationally acceptable KYC (Know-Your-Customer) and CIP (Customer Identification Program). Another benefits of using eWire as opposed to the traditional fax and email system is the tight integration of the payment orders with the Integrated Accounting module in CurrencyXchanger. At any time the head-office would know exactly how much the agent balance payable or receivable is. Also the AML (Anti-Money-Laundering) checks that need to be performed to stay in compliance with your authorities are all provisioned in eWire.
eWire is not a remittance network and DOES NOT ACTUALLY TRANSFER ANY FUNDS to any destination. It is a record-keeping, tracking and control system for your remittance business.
You have to make sure that this method of money transfer is legal in all countries that you and your agents operate.