foreign wire transfer for record copying #poland

Frank Szmulowicz

What is the most efficient way of making a wire transfer to the account of the Polish National Archives in Lodz for making a digital copy of a document?
The copying charge is under a dollar, but my bank in the US charges $75 for the transfer.
There has to be a better way.

Frank Szmulowicz


I used Wise recently to transfer to the Lithuanian archives.  The handling rate was very affordable (under a dollar).  You do need all of the Archive's bank information to make the transfer.

Marlise Gross
Cherry Hill, NJ


Second the recommendation for Wise (formerly transferwise). I’ve used them several times before and their fees are very reasonable and the service has been excellent.

Sharon Fleitman
Atlanta, Georgia

The Becker's Email

I have sent wire transfer payments to two different Archives in Germany recently.  My bank, Bank of America, has no transfer charge for transfers made in euros but has a significant charge for one made in US $.  I don't know why the distinction.  I assume that a transfer made in the currency of the country would not incur a transfer.

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI

Caroline Gurney <research@...>

Definitely Wise. I sent £2,000 to Poland earlier this year and the fee was only £8.15. For such a small payment as you are making, the fee should be miniscule. I wish Wise was more widely known in the USA. I have had real difficulty getting American clients to pay me that way rather than via PayPal.

Caroline Gurney

Judy Silverman

My experience was that in addition to the costly transfer charge, Canadian banks required me to name an individual as recipient rather than an archive. The Polish National Archive could not comply and so I eventually decided to simply stuff the few zlotys into an envelope and send it by snail mail. My payment was successfully processed and I received my requested documents without problem.

Judy Zimmerman Silverman
Town of Mount Royal, Quebec

Bob Silverstein

Go with  Also, see if they have something like PayPal.  I have use the equivalent in Belarus.  You may have to look or ask for the direct payment option.
Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Pinsk, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).