Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) defines a financial instrument as cash, evidence of an ownership interest in a company or other entity, or a contract that does both of the following:

Imposes on one entity a contractual obligation either:

  1. To deliver cash or another financial instrument to a second entity.
  2. To exchange other financial instruments on potentially unfavorable terms with the second entity.

Conveys to that second entity a contractual right either:

  1. To receive cash or another financial instrument from the first entity.
  2. To exchange other financial instruments on potentially favorable terms with the first entity.

What is Swift MT199 Message bank letter?

A Swift Message Type 199 Is A Interbank Message Used Between Two Banks To Transmit The Value Of A Bond Or An Skr Or A Free Format Message Engaging 2 Banks Readyness To Move Forward With A Transaction. Usually A Private One.

A Mt199 Swift Message Is Easily Explained As A “Chat” Message.

Basically You Use This Format

  • When A Transfer Order Has Been Sent And You Want To “Notify” The Beneficiary Bank In Order To Sort Out Something,
  • Or To Find Out If Funds Have Been Applied,
  • Or Basic Other Info.

For Example, A Mt199 Could Go;

We Refer To Our Mtxxx, Date Xxxxxx,

(Input Information Regarding The Orderer And Beneficiary. Amount, Dates, And So On)

And Then, Straight To The Point, You Just Simply Type The Text Of Your Question, Or Demand, Or Whatever, Like, “Our Customer Reports Funds

Have Not Been Applied Yet, Please Confirm‍ Transfer Status”

Kind Regards, (Whoever)

The Other Bank Will Reply To You Using The Same Format (Most Likely), So Sooner Or Later, You Will Have An Incoming Mt199 From Them, Like;

We Refer To Your Mt199 Date Xxxxx And Our Mtxxx Date Xxxx Information, Codes, Etc…

“We Are Holding Funds, Request (Whatever Additional Information) In Order To Apply Funds To Beneficiary Minus Our Charges.

Please Confirm‍ Iban Number (For Example).”

So Basically, A Mt199 Is One Banker Or Security Officer “Talking” To Another.


The MT-799 is a free format SWIFT message type in which a banking institution confirm‍s that funds are in place to cover a potential trade.

This can, on occasion, be used as an irrevocable undertaking, depending on the language used in the MT-799, but is not a promise to pay or any form of bank guarantee in its standard format.The function of the MT-799 is simply to assure the seller that the buyer does have the necessary funds to complete the trade.

What does the SWIFT MT-799 option provide?

An account with the SWIFT MT-799 capability allows bank-to-bank SWIFT electronic verification for Proof of Funds in compliance with the SWIFT Category 7 “Treasury Markets & Syndication” message types.

Often there is a misconception that a particular circumstance requires a SWIFT MT760message, when in fact, the SWIFT MT-799 format provides the required bank confirmation for the application. There is a $1 million minimum account size for a SWIFT MT-799, and additional costs apply.

The MT-799 is usually issued before a contract is signed and before a letter of credit or bank guarantee is issued. After the MT-799 has been received by the seller’s bank, it is then normally the responsibility of the seller’s bank to send a POP (proof of product) to the buyer’s bank, at which point the trade continues towards commencement.

The actual payment method commonly used is a documentary letter of credit or an MT-103 (wire transfer), which the seller presents to the issuing or confirm‍ing bank along with shipping documents. Once the bank confirm‍s the documents, the seller is then paid.

An alternative method is to use a bank guarantee in place of a letter of credit. It is normally at the seller’s discretion which method of payment is used.

What Information Do I Need To Send A MT-799?

You will need the following information to send an MT-799.

  • Name of the advising bank.
  • LC Number.
  • LC Amount.
  • Tenor of Draft.
  • Latest shipment date.
  • Person or entity liable for confirmation fee.
  • Whether the LC is restricted for negotiation or not.
  • • A description of the merchandise.
  • • Port and/or country where product will be loaded.
  • • Port and/or country where product will be unloaded.