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Payoneer Review 2022: Fees, Pricing, Pros and Cons

Payoneer makes bank transfers easy for small businesses, but it doesn't work as a point-of-sale system.
Written by Whitney Vandiver
Edited by Sally Lauckner
Last updated on November 14, 2022

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What is Payoneer?

Payoneer is a payment platform that allows merchants to send and receive payments without requiring a merchant account. Payoneer does not let merchants directly bill customers. Instead, businesses request payment through the platform and wait for customers to remit funds.
Payoneer is therefore more comparable to PayPal or Venmo than Square or Stripe.

How Payoneer works

Payoneer is a payment platform that businesses use to request payment from customers. Here’s how the process works.
  • Businesses send requests for payment directly to customers. The customers pay online via a bank account or credit card.
  • The funds land in the business’s Payoneer account, and the business then moves the funds to its bank account or spends the money via a Payoneer debit card.
  • Payments are available instantly in the business’s Payoneer account; however, it can take two to five days after a withdrawal request for funds to appear in the business’s bank account. Immediate ATM withdrawal is available if the business has a Payoneer Mastercard.
  • Businesses can use the “Make a Payment” function to send payments to other Payoneer account holders free of charge. If the other party does not have a Payoneer account, it can create one to receive payment or Payoneer can initiate a bank transfer. But be prepared to pay a fee.
Payoneer payment
Image courtesy Payoneer.

Features at a glance

Payoneer is a popular option for freelancers, international businesses and users of e-commerce marketplaces such as Airbnb and Upwork.
Feature
Offering
Payment processing fee
  • 3% for credit card transactions (all currencies).
  • 1% for ACH bank debit transactions.
  • 0% to receive payments from other Payoneer users.
  • $1.50 to transfer funds from Payoneer to your bank account; 2% to transfer from a non-local currency.
  • 2% for batch payments to up to 200 bank accounts.
  • 0% to 2% to send payments from your Payoneer account.
  • 3.5% to convert currencies if you use the Payoneer MasterCard; 0.5% between Payoneer accounts.
Monthly fee
None — but there is a fee of $29.95 for every 12 months of inactivity.
Hardware cost
No hardware available.
Mobile app
Yes; iOs and Android available.
Bank transfer timeline
Two to five days depending on location.
Integrations
Payoneer integrates directly with numerous large e-commerce marketplaces.
Invoices
Integrated free invoice builder or attach a PDF.

Capabilities

You can create a free account directly on the Payoneer website. An account gets you access to these other features.

Global payments

Payoneer handles local and international payments and currency exchanges, allowing businesses to send and receive payments in several different currencies via bank transfer. When you want to receive a payment, you send a customer a request.
  • Payoneer supports USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, JPY and CNH. In addition, conversion to CZK, PLN, RUB and VND is available for tax payment purposes (subject to availability).
  • Payoneer doesn’t charge a fee for most bank transfers if both parties have Payoneer accounts.
  • In countries where local accounts cannot be established, Payoneer can facilitate payments via wire transfer. Payoneer can facilitate ACH transfers for an additional fee but has no control over fees associated with wire transfers.

Invoices

Payoneer integrates with the Free Invoice Builder software to generate professional-looking invoices to send to customers. Businesses can customize online invoices to specific clients, and they can save contact, company and payment details for recurring invoices.

Prepaid debit card

All Payoneer account holders have the option of receiving a Mastercard debit card to make payments from their Payoneer accounts. The card also works at ATMs, though it comes with withdrawal fees for USD, EUR and GBP currencies and a $29.95 annual fee.

Mobile app

Payoneer offers a mobile app for iOS and Android where users can see their account balance, view transactions, make payments and withdraw funds.

Tax administration

When you create a Payoneer account, you can complete associated tax forms. Individual and business tax forms supported by Payoneer include W-9s, W-8BENs and W-8ECIs. Payoneer provides users with tax reports through Payoneer's automated record-keeping system.

Security

Payoneer is PCI compliant to protect credit card data and compliant with anti-money laundering regulations. It also offers fraud detection to all customers and is AML/CTF compliant to work against issues for international payments.

Payoneer customer service and support

Payoneer offers customer support by phone, live chat and email messaging. It also has an online knowledgebase.
Activity
Fee
Sending and receiving payments from non-Payoneer customers
3% on credit card payments and 1% on e-check payments.
Transferring funds from Payoneer to local bank account
$1.50 fee for domestic funds and 2% fee for non-local currency.
Transferring balances between different currencies within Payoneer
0.5% fee per transfer.
No activity for 12 months
$29.95 every 12 months.

Payoneer pros

Cheaper than competitors in some cases

If you don’t need to accept credit card payments, Payoneer offers an affordable alternative to buying and setting up a POS system or getting a payments processor.

International payment options

You’ll pay to transfer to your bank account or move funds between accounts within different currencies, but if everyone is a Payoneer account holder, the fees for accepting international payments might be cheaper than more traditional options.

Payoneer cons

Lack of payments features

Payoneer does not come with a payment gateway, virtual terminal or the ability to work with your POS system, so you are limited in how you can accept payments. If you need to accept credit card payments online or take orders over the phone, you can probably get more bang for your buck with a payment service provider.

Account freezes and terminations

Payoneer will hold your funds or terminate your account if it suspects fraud, which is not uncommon for companies that deal with payments. It uses an automated fraud detection system, which customer reviews say can be inaccurate at times and delay payments.

User reviews of Payoneer

Here is how Payoneer customers have rated the service on major customer review websites:
  • G2 Crowd: 3.5 stars out of 5.
  • TrustPilot: 4.3 stars out of 5.
  • Capterra: 4.4 stars out of 5.
  • Sitejabber: 4.4 stars out of 5.

Payoneer alternatives

If Payoneer doesn’t fit your business needs, here are two alternatives to consider.

PayPal Zettle

Payment processing fees:
  • 2.29% plus 9 cents for in-person transactions.
  • 3.49% plus 9 cents for manual entry card transactions.
  • 3.49% plus 49 cents for invoicing transactions.
Why we like it: PayPal Zettle has more payment processing options than Payoneer. It also offers a POS system that takes payments, manages inventory, tracks sales and receives reports. PayPal also accepts online payments as well, and the brand is known for its ease of use.

Shopify

Payment processing fees:
  • 2.4%, 2.6% or 2.9% plus 30 cents for online payments for Advanced, Shopify or Basic plan, respectively.
  • 2.4%, 2.5% or 2.7% for in-person payments for Advanced, Shopify or Basic plan, respectively.
Why we like it: If you only want to accept payments online, Shopify and its payment processing service Shopify Payments or Shop Pay could be a better fit than Payoneer. It also offers an online POS system for managing inventory, customers and more.
A version of this article was first published on Fundera, a subsidiary of NerdWallet.
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