MT 734 Advice of Refusal

MT 734 is used to advise the Receiver that the Sender considers the documents, as they appear on their face, not to be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the credit and that, consequently, it refuses them for the discrepancies stated.

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Swift is a provider of secure message platform for financial institutions mainly for banks.

Swift messages are being sent and received by banks in encrypted forms. As a result swift messages are accepted as a valid and reliable way of communication between banks.

For example, an issuing bank sends a swift message to an advising bank in order to inform issuance of a documentary credit. Similarly the advising bank sends its acknowledgement via a swift message.

Swift messages play a key role not only in letters of credit but also other payment methods in international trade such as cash in advance payment, documentary collections, open accounts and bank payment obligations.

What is MT 734 Advice of Refusal?

MT 734 message is sent by the issuing bank to the bank from which it has received documents related to a documentary credit.

It may also be sent by the bank nominated to pay/accept/negotiate/incur a deferred payment undertaking to the bank from which it has received documents.

It is used to advise the Receiver that the Sender considers the documents, as they appear on their face, not to be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the credit and that, consequently, it refuses them for the discrepancies stated.

The Sender also provides the Receiver with details regarding the disposal of the documents.

This message type may also be used for claiming a refund.

MT 734 Advice of Refusal

StatusTagField Name
M20Sender's TRN
M21Presenting Bank's Reference
M32ADate and Amount of Utilisation
O73Charges Claimed
O33aTotal Amount Claimed
O57aAccount With Bank
O72Sender to Receiver Information
M77JDiscrepancies
M77BDisposal of Documents
O : Optinal           M : Mandatory

MT 734 Advice of Refusal Network Validated Rules

  • C1 If field 73 is present, field 33a must also be present.
  • C2 The currency code in the amount fields 32A and 33a must be the same.

Sample: MT 734 Advice of Refusal SWIFT Message

SWIFT Message
Sender : AMCONL2A
Message Type : 734
Receiver : OELBATSW
Message Text

20 : Sender’s TRN
EXP54321

21 : Presenting Bank’s Reference
IMP145322

32A : Date and Amount of Utilisation
130921GBP100000

73 : Charges Claimed
YOUR CHARGES GBP 100, CABLE GBP30, INTEREST GBP20,

33A : Total Amount Claimed
130927GBP100150

77J : Discrepancies
PARTIAL SHIPMENT EFFECTED ORIGINAL COMMERCIAL INVOICE NOT PRESENTED

77B : Disposal of Documents
/HOLD/

End of Message Text/Trailer

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