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Wwft reporting

The Crucial Role of Wwft Reporting in Financial Compliance

Wwft reporting is a vital component of the Dutch Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act (Wwft). It obliges financial institutions to report unusual transactions to the Dutch Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU-Nederland). This process is instrumental in identifying and mitigating money laundering and terrorism financing activities.

Understanding Objective and Subjective Indicators in Wwft Reporting

Wwft reporting revolves around two types of indicators:

  • Objective Indicators: These are specific criteria that, when met, mandate a report to FIU-the Netherlands. For example, cash transactions exceeding €10,000 or credit/prepaid card transactions over €15,000.
  • Subjective Indicators: These require a report only if the transaction is suspected to be related to money laundering or terrorist financing. The judgment is made based on the institution's assessment.

Registration and Reporting Process

Before making a Wwft report, institutions must register with FIU-Nederland. The reporting process includes providing detailed information about the transaction and the client involved. Immediate reporting is required for transactions meeting objective indicators, typically within fourteen days of identification.

Compliance and Legal Safeguards

Institutions must carefully document their considerations for reporting transactions. While failure to comply with the reporting obligation can lead to legal consequences, reports made to FIU-the Netherlands offer protection against prosecution for involvement in the reported activities.

Transaction Monitoring and E-Learning

Financial institutions are encouraged to analyze and evaluate transaction information thoroughly. E-learning courses, such as those offered by The Ministry of Compliance, can be invaluable in training staff on effective transaction monitoring and Wwft reporting procedures.


1. What is Wwft reporting?

Wwft reporting involves financial institutions reporting unusual transactions to the Dutch FIU as part of compliance with the Wwft, aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing.

2. What are objective indicators in Wwft reporting?

Objective indicators are specific criteria that, when met, require mandatory reporting of a transaction to the FIU, such as transactions involving large sums of money.

3. What are subjective indicators in Wwft reporting?

Subjective indicators rely on the financial institution's judgment to determine if a transaction is related to money laundering or terrorist financing and requires reporting.


4. How does an institution report a transaction under Wwft?

Institutions must register with FIU-Nederland and report transactions by providing detailed information about the client and the nature of the transaction.

5. Are there educational resources for Wwft reporting? Yes, institutions can access e-learning courses for training in transaction monitoring and understanding the Wwft reporting process.