Overview of SWIFT MT Categories


Message Type Description
MT0xx System Messages
MT1xx Customer Payments and Cheques
MT2xx Financial Institution Transfers
MT3xx Treasury Markets
MT4xx Collection and Cash Letters
MT5xx Securities Markets
MT6xx Treasury Markets – Metals and Syndications
MT7xx Documentary Credits and Guarantees
MT8xx Travellers Cheques
MT9xx Cash Management and Customer Status
  • All SWIFT messages include the literal “MT” (Message Type). This is followed by a three-digit number that denotes the message category, group and type. Consider the following example, which is an order to buy or sell via a third party:
    • Example: MT304

The first digit (3) represents the category. A category denotes messages that relate to particular financial instruments or services such as Precious Metals (6), Treasury (3), or Travellers Cheques (8). The category denoted by 3 is Treasury Markets.

The second digit (0) represents a group of related parts in a transaction life cycle. The group indicated by 0 is a Financial Institution Transfer.

The third digit (4) is the type that denotes the specific message.

For more information and message type description please refer to below links:





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