Interchange++ (IC++), with examples

Interchange fee (IC)
Due for every card transaction, this exchange fee is paid by the merchant bank (acquirer) to the customer’s bank (issuing bank). This is why it is also called the “issuer fee”.
0.20% - 1.80%
on each transaction
Scheme fee (+)
Card organizations such as Visa or Mastercard® charge a fee for handling and processing each transaction; this fee may vary depending on the location, security of the transaction or card type.
0.02% - 0.65%
on each transaction
Acquirer fee (+)
A fixed fee is charged for the provision of a card service; this fee already covers the costs of service processing.
Your offered price from hips

Understanding Interchange

Every card transaction incurs fees that the merchant must pay. Compared to conventional price models, Interchange ++ provides greater transparency. The costs are broken down into three separate components: interchange fee, system fee and acquirer fee (Hips fee).
Visa/MC EEA Interchange FeesVisa/MC EEA Card Scheme Fees
Domestic/Regional Debit0.20%0.02% - 0.12%
Domestic/Regional Credit0.30%0.02% - 0.12%
Corporate/Premium Cards1.25% - 1.90%
Cards issued outside EEA1.50% - 1.80%0.55% - 0.65%
Cards issued within EEA0.02% - 0.15%
With the Interchange ++ model, the interchange and system fees are passed on to the merchant directly. The acquirer cannot affect these rates. The interchange max rates vary in each country and per transaction type. For example, B2B, Vending and Transport transactions have a max fee of 0.01 EUR in some countries. We recommend you to download the card schemes interchange fees and lookup your market. Links are at the bottom of this page.

What is interchange plus plus fee structure (IC++)?

Interchange ++ benefits you, it refers to a pricing model where the acquirer or payment provider (hips) will charge a merchant, for every card transaction, using a rate made of three components. Firstly, the basis is always the interchange percentage fee. On top of that, a  card scheme fee is added, and lastly a fixed percentage (Hips fee) is added by the provider. The sum of these three fees is the final rate that the merchant is being charged with for every transaction. The benefit of such a pricing model over the fixed blended rate model is full transparency, resulting in lower overall fees.

Interchange++ Examples

The acquirer fee is the fee you are offered by Hips. In this example we use the offered price of IC++ 1.00% from Hips.
Visa/MC EEA Interchange FeesVisa/MC EEA Card Scheme FeesAcquirer fee (Hips)Final average rate
EU E-commerce merchant. Buyer card from EEA.0.20% - 0.30%0.02% - 0.15%IC++ 1.00%1.40%
EU MOTO merchant. B2B corporate credit cards.1.25% - 1.80%0.02% - 0.15%IC++ 1.00%2.70%
EU High Risk merchant selling to US clients.1.50% - 2.80%0.55% - 0.65%IC++ 1.00%3.50%

Benefits of Using Interchange Plus Plus (IC++) Over Blended Pricing

The transparency of IC++ gives merchants insight into what they are being charged for. For example, if a retailer notices that a portion of its buyers uses debit cards (charged a lower interchange rate than credit cards), they can adjust their marketing to encourage people to use a specific payment method.
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