Here’s Why Online Remittance Beats The Traditional Way Of Remittance



Today, people are paying up to 3% more in fees every time they remit money out of Malaysia with traditional money transfer channels. To put it into context, parents sending RM1,000 to their child studying overseas will have to pay at least RM30. That’s RM360 in a year, if they send the same amount every month!

In Malaysia, total overseas remittances now stands at more than RM32 billion annually, with various non-bank service providers accounting for two-thirds of that. The cost of remittance using non-bank service provider stands at 1% to 3 %, while banks charge between 6% and 9%.

One way to achieve cheaper cost of remittance is to do your remittances electronically – it saves you money in fees as well as time and effort.

Here are 3 main reasons why electronic overseas remittance is the way to go:

1. Save time

Time is money. In today’s fast-paced world, we expect services to be immediately reflected, and this includes making overseas remittance.

If you opt for traditional remittance, you’ll have to use up a lot of your time getting to the bank, looking for parking and generally going through all sorts of hassles before you even get to the counter.

You can get around this with services like eRemit by Merchantrade Asia which has the best rates lets you do it online or even by an app so you don’t even have to walk to your desktop.

With this service, you can remit funds and make payments across borders of 200 over countries in just 10 minutes or less. A traditional wired money transfer service may take up two (2) to three (3) business days.

The eRemit process is itself straightforward and user-friendly. Note that there is a one-time registration procedure that requires the user to come in person / have their identification documents verified for fraud prevention. Afterwhich, here’s how you can use Merchantrade Asia’s online remittance with a few easy steps:

Step 1: LOGIN
  • Log on to

  • Enter your Login ID and Password to login.
  • Click on My Recipient folder.

  • Select Add Recipient to create your beneficiary profile.
  • Step 3: START
  • Click on My Transaction folder.

  • Select Send Money.
  • Step 4: REDUCE TRANSACTION TIMINGRead and click the Agree button to accept the Transaction Time.
  • Fill in your transaction detail.

  • Select your Recipient from the drop down list of beneficiaries.

  • Click the Send Money button.
  • Step 6: CONFIRMATIONConfirm your details by clicking the Confirm button.
    Step 7: PAY TRANSACTION FEESelect your preferred bank account and authorise your payment through MyClear’s FPX payment gateway.
    Step 8: COLLECT RECEIPTIf transaction is successful, receive a Merchantrade e-Remit receipt.
    Step 9: RECIPIENT COLLECTS MONEYThe recipient can then withdraw from their respective bank accounts or collect the cash by hand.

    2. Save cost

    What if we told you that you could save money when you choose the more convenient way of remittance? It’s way more convenient AND it’s cheaper.

    Online money transfer services allow individuals to quickly transfer money at a lower cost. For eRemit, the service fee is only as low as RM10.

    Furthermore, the foreign exchange rate will be displayed to the user at the confirmation step (Step 6), where the user can choose if the he/she wants to proceed with it or tweak their transaction amount to fit the exchange they intend to achieve, after currency conversion. Saving you money plus the hassle of figuring out rates in your head or trying to just guess the amount that’ll be finally received.

    If the foreign exchange rate is not in your favour, you can also choose to transact another day when the exchange rate is better. At the same time, you will also know the exact amount that the beneficiary will receive in their account.

    To monitor the exchange rates, users can check the current exchange rates on eRemit’s mobile app before making a transaction.

    3. Convenient

    The traffic and parking situation in the Klang Valley is less than ideal, hence, if there is a way where you can avoid driving or travelling to another location, we should definitely take it.

    Remitting your funds online is hassle-free because you do not need to go to the bank  to physically make your remittance. There is no need to stress yourself over parking, queuing up or filling up numerous forms. Using e-Remit, you can easily transfer money online using your computer or mobile app from wherever you are – at any given time.

    You can get started with an eRemit account. Online registration can be done in 3 simple steps:

    Step 2: VALIDATION
    Go to

    Click on the Register button
    and complete the
    Registration form.

    Click on Sign Me Up
    and click the confirm button.

    Then Submit your
    Registration form.
    Receive a validation e-mail.

    Validate your e-mail address
    by clicking on the link
    provided in the e-mail.

    Merchantrade’s customer care
    consultant will contact you
    for further validation.
    CDD Process (Face to
    Face verification)

    Document Required :

  • Malaysians:
    MyKad or Driving License

  • Foreigners:
    Passport and Visa
  • To register and use the e-Remit service, you just need to be 18 years and above, possess a valid photo identification, with an active Malaysian Internet banking account.

    As e-Remit captures and retains the particulars of your recipient, you don’t need to keep re-filling the recipient details all over again, if you make frequent transactions to the same person.

    To make coordination with your recipient easier and more accurate, look for an online remittance service that allows you to check the history and status of your transactions. The less restrictions the service provider have the better off you’ll be.

    Whether you are remitting funds for your family back home, or sending monthly allowance to your children studying abroad, or even settling your business transactions, factors such as convenience, cost and speed should be your main considerations when choosing the right service provider.

    You can check out this service at or download the app on the Apple or Google Play stores.

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