The FALL 2009 ASSOCIATION INTERCHANGE COMPLIANCE GUIDE included over 100 changes, making it one of the larger updates in recent history. Merchants at the same time were switching suppliers with fever, however the new updates won’t really be felt until the November or December merchant statements are reviewed.
The fall rush to change suppliers is most likely a result of the multiple new Visa fees and the MasterCard brand usage fee added this year, which went into effect April-July. Requirements to qualify for specific interchange rates for International interchange programs are outlined. Many larger merchants will see rates approaching or over 3% when all fees are added, for foreign card transactions. For example, MasterCard
COMMERCIAL DATA RATE II = 2.25 %( US Location w/Global Corporate Acquirer Program Support Fee .55%) . (Non US Issued Cards Only.)
Additionally, as previously reported, new requirements are in effect to qualify for certain B2B credit card transactions. B2B Merchants can expect to see effective rates rising above 3% in the card not present environment.
WORLD ELITE RESTAURANT = 2.20% + $.10
HIGH VALUE RESTAURANT = 2.20% + $.10
ELECTRONIC PAYMENT ACCOUNT DATA RATE I = 2.65% + $.10
ELECTRONIC PAYMENT ACCCOUNT DATA RATE II = 2.40% + $.10
The changes this fall continue to expand the need for merchants to work with processors who provide the following:
– Transparent reporting so the merchant can clearly identify interchange rates qualified for.
– Interchange management- interchange continues to grow more complicated and merchants who best control costs will have a payment processor who helps them with interchange management.
– Flexible Technology to manage interchange- this is probably the single biggest growth area in the payment processing industry as merchants need to get away from static systems and move to smart technology with least cost routing solution.