Overview of BIC codes of all Dutch and Belgian banks

An overview of all BIC codes of Dutch and Belgian banks. Nowadays you hear the word ‘BIC’ more and more often in the banking industry. Of course, it does not point to the well-known pen manufacturer, but to a code that is essential to complete banking transactions in Europe. To make a European bank transfer, a BIC code is necessary to complete the transaction successfully.

In this article

  • What is a BIC code?
  • What is the BIC code used for?
  • How is a BIC code constructed and what does it look like?
  • What is my BIC code?

What is a BIC code?

It is an abbreviation that stands for B ank Identifier Code . It is a code created by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, also known as SWIFT. This organization is responsible for all financial transactions and messages worldwide. More than 8,000 banks and other financial institutions from almost 200 countries are part of SWIFT. The BIC code was previously known as the SWIFT code, which obviously owed its name to the organization behind it.

What is the BIC code used for?

Via the BIC code, any bank in the world knows at which bank an account is located. To transfer an amount to, for example, a German account, it is not sufficient to simply provide the account or IBAN number, the BIC code is also required to ensure such a payment goes smoothly. More and more national payments also require the use of a BIC code. Unlike in the past, efforts are being made to not only use the classic account number of a checking or current account, but the new IBAN number in combination with the BIC code.

How is a BIC code constructed and what does it look like?

A BIC code is composed of a series of numbers and letters, each identifying a specific part of the bank and its account number. A fictitious example of a BIC code is: BBBBLLPPFFF. The relevant letters in the example stand for:

  • BBBB : The bank’s code at national level. Each bank can choose this itself, provided the code is still available.
  • LL : The country code in which the bank is located. This is based on the international abbreviations of countries.
  • PP : The code of the bank’s location can consist of both letters and numbers.
  • FFF: Optional branch designation.

What is my BIC code?

A BIC code is not individual, every bank has its own code that is linked to all its accounts. The BIC code is usually shown on account statements or statements. For those who cannot find their code, here is an overview of the most common Dutch and Belgian BIC codes:

Dutch banks:

  • ABN Amro: ABNANL2A or ABNANL2R
  • Achmea Retail Bank: ARBNNL22
  • AEGON Bank: AEGONL2U
  • Akbank: AKBKNL2R
  • Amsterdam Trade Bank: STOLNL2A
  • Bank of Dutch Municipalities: BGHNL2G
  • BNP Paribas: BNPANL2A
  • C & E Bankers: CEBUNL2U
  • Citibank International: CITINL2
  • Deutsche Bank: DEUTNL2A
  • Delta Lloyd Bank: DLBKNL2A
  • DSB bank: DSSBNL22
  • F. van Lanshot Bankiers: FVLBNL22
  • Fortis Bank: FTSBNL2R
  • Friesland Bank: FRBKNL2L
  • ING Bank: INGBNL2A
  • Lanschot Bankiers: FVLBNL22
  • HSBC Bank: HSBCNL2A
  • Cash Bank: KASANL2A
  • KBC Bank: KREDNL2X
  • Levob Bank: OVBNNL22
  • Rabobank: RABONL2U
  • SNS Bank: SNSBNL2A

Belgian banks:

  • ABN Amro: ABNABE2AIPC
  • Accord: ACCOBEB3
  • Antwerp Diamond Bank: ADIABE22
  • Argenta: ARSPBE22
  • Audi: AUETBE22
  • AXA Bank: AXABBE22
  • Bank of the Post: BPOTBEB1
  • Belfius: GKCCBEBB
  • BNP Paribas: BNPABEBB
  • BNP Paribas Securities Services: PARBBEBZ
  • Centea: SPAABE22
  • Citibank Belgium: CTBKBEBX
  • Credit Agricole: NICABEBB
  • Deutsche Bank: DEUTBEBE
  • Ethias: ETHIBEBB
  • ING Bank: BBRUBEBB
  • KBC Bank: KREDBEBB
  • Keytrade Bank: KEYTBEBB
  • Agricultural Credit: NICABEBB
  • Rabobank: RABOBE22
  • Record Bank: HBKABE22

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