Mr Herbert's overseas customers send subscription cheques drawn on UK banks. When Mr Herbert received a cheque drawn on a French bank for pounds 120, he paid it into his bank account. He was charged pounds 36.30.
Mr Herbert said: 'Why does it cost a major bank with its own branches in France so much for what is an everyday activity?'
National Westmister Bank said that over half the charge was for the French bank's agency fee. NatWest advised Mr Herbert to ask his customers to send subscriptions on Eurocheques.
This weekend NatWest announced that it had signed a deal with Credito Italiano, Commerzbank and Societe Generale that would make it simpler for customers to send payments to these banks.
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