Seoul, South Korea, 10 January 2023 – SentBe, Korea’s leading fintech company, today announced the official launch of its international money transfer service in the U.S., a significant move in the company’s global expansion. Customers, including migrant workers in the U.S., can now send U.S. dollars to more than 50 countries with greater ease and at a lower rate than existing remittance options.
Established in 2015, SentBe specializes in foreign exchange services, and its personal remittance service of the same name SentBe was launched in 2016. Traditionally, the global money transfer process is complex, expensive, and slow. However, using the SentBe service via the mobile app or website, users can transfer money in real time or up to one day to 50 countries at a tenth of the cost of traditional methods. While traditional remittance methods through banks can only take place between other banks, SentBe provides various receipt methods depending on user’s preferable options.
With its customer-centric approach in cross-border remittance services, SentBe was able to quickly grow its presence in Southeast Asia. In 2020, SentBe became the first Korean fintech company to launch personal remittance app services in Indonesia and Singapore, further consolidating its position as one of the leading remittance service providers in APAC. Now with SentBe’s service available in the U.S., customers in the region can remit money to 50 countries including China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Canada, the U.K., France, and Korea.
According to the World Bank, the U.S. is the largest outbound remittance market in the world with $72,669 million transferred by individuals a year in 2021. The U.S. is the fourth country where SentBe’s cross-border remittance services have been introduced, following Korea, Indonesia, and Singapore.
“SentBe has been widely used by migrant workers across Asia, and the success in the region is based on our emphasis on removing cross-border barriers and bringing convenience to customers,” said SentBe CEO, Alex Seong-Ouk Choi. “We are bringing the same experience to the U.S., one of the largest financial markets in the world, and we will continue to expand our services to other markets including Canada, Australia and countries in Europe.”
To launch U.S. market services, SentBe formed a task force and has laid the foundation for international money transfer business by collaborating with certification agencies, government ministries, traditional financial institutions and fintech partners in the U.S. In addition, the company conducted a thorough technical verification process to create a smooth remittance experience for users in the US.
In 2019, SentBe was the first Korean company to acquire a cross-border money transfer service license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). In December 2021, SentBe also received approval for the Singapore Payment Gateway (PG) license, which enables the company to offer B2B PG service that sends remittances from Singapore to other countries. SentBe’s licenses in Singapore, a prominent hub of financial and foreign exchange markets in the region, signify its effort to expand its business in the global market.
SentBe also owns a proprietary technology called Automated FX Hedging System (AHS). AHS minimizes foreign exchange risks through currency hedging, allowing remittance services to be used at lower fees. SentBe is the only Korean fintech company to feature its own L&C (Legal & Compliance) team of domestic and international lawyers that manage foreign exchange risks as well.
SentBe has recently been recognized for its position as a leading fintech company in the global market. In November 2022, CEO Alex Seong-Ouk Choi was named one of the Top 10 FinTech Leaders at the SFF Global FinTech Awards 2022, a key event of the Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF). In October 2022, SentBe was included in the fourth cohort of Inclusive Fintech 50 (IF50), a global competition powered by the CFI, a think tank based in the U.S. The IF50 is a global innovation competition that aims to identify and elevate cutting-edge emerging inclusive fintech companies that have the potential to drive financial inclusion.