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Visa uses interchange reimbursement fees as transfer fees between acquiring banks and issuing banks for each Visa card transaction. Visa uses these fees to balance and grow the payment system for the benefit of all participants.
Merchants do not pay interchange reimbursement fees—merchants negotiate and pay a “merchant discount” to their financial institution that is typically calculated as a percentage per transaction. Merchants can receive a variety of processing services from financial institutions that may be included in their merchant discount rate.
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Merchant Credit Surcharging
Visa uses interchange reimbursement fees as transfer fees between acquiring banks and issuing banks
Learn more about card surcharge fees.
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Merchants must notify Visa and their acquirer 30 days before they begin surcharging
Factors you should take into account when considering surcharges.
How to disclose surcharging
Get sample signs to help inform customers about surcharging.