Aspects of the products and services offered by money remitters have been identified as being attractive to criminals wanting to launder the proceeds of crime and to finance terrorism.

Why do remitters have AML/CFT obligations?

The money remittance industry is extremely diverse, ranging from large international companies with outlets worldwide to small, independent convenience stores in communities with population concentrations that do not necessarily have access to traditional banking services.

The range of products and services offered, and the customer bases served, are equally diverse.

The definition of money remitter is wide, but the types of businesses are quite distinct. Some offer a variety of services, whilst others only offer money services as an ancillary component to their primary business.

What are the ML/TF risks faced by money remitters?

The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ML/TF) risks associated with the money remittance sector include:

  • Due to the number of transactions and intermediaries each transaction does not always have a single coherent set of documentation which identifies the remittance chain
  • Remittance businesses have not always been obliged to identify their customers and may receive instructions over the phone or by other non-face-to-face means, so they may not always know for whom they are acting
  • The use of intermediaries and the possible consolidation of remittances into one sum means that money is coming in from many sources and no one person or organisation may have responsibility for knowing the identity of all the sources

Businesses within the money remittance sector captured by the AML/CFT obligations must ensure the organisation conducts a comprehensive ML/TF risk assessment to identify, assess, mitigate and manage ML/TF risk exposures. This is a critical first step in complying with AML/CFT laws.

What services are covered by AML/CFT obligations?

These are the services offered by money remitters that are covered by AML/CFT obligations:

  • Transferring money or value for, or on behalf of, a customer
  • Trading for the accounts of customers in foreign exchange
  • Money or currency changing

If you offer or provide one or more of the above products or services, your business will be subject to AML/CFT obligations.

What is a risk based AML/CFT regime?

The AML/CFT regime is risk based, which means that your responses to the AML/CFT obligations placed upon you should be risk-based. 

A risk-based AML/CFT regime requires that you understand and address the Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (ML/TF) risks associated with the remittance services you offer.

You must then design, implement and maintain systems, procedures and controls that are proportionate to your ML/TF risks.

How can Initialism help?

Initialism are the AML/CFT experts, so you don’t have to be.

With over 30 years of expert knowledge and real world experience our AML/CFT compliance solutions will to help you navigate your legal and regulatory requirements so that your business complies with its AML/CFT obligations in the fastest and most cost-effective way.

Initialism has a range of AML/CFT solutions to support becoming AML/CFT compliant and maintaining compliance:

Our solutions allow you to tailor support based on your capacity, experience and budget.

AML/CFT compliance solutions for
money remitters

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Why choose Initialism?


Our expertise covers all AML/CFT disciplines and brings unique perspectives, approaches and solutions to the AML/CFT challenges faced by the money remittance sector


Our AML/CFT compliance knowledge includes working with money remittance businesses and we understand what compliance means for your business


We have experience in delivering workable AML/CFT compliance to the money remittance sector


Our knowledge and expertise has been hard earned and comes from working in the area of AML/CFT for many decades


We have experience providing tried and tested AML/CFT solutions, regardless of the size and complexity of your money remittance business


Our AML/CFT compliance solutions are flexible and can be tailored to your capacity, experience and budget




Together with our AML/CFT compliance solutions we offer a range of additional services to help New Zealand money remitters including AML/CFT Independent Audit and AML/CFT Training.