Digital escrow for buyer

Safeguard your transactions
with TradeSafe

Use a bank-supported service to ensure that you get
what you paid for, or your money back.

Enjoy risk-free transactions
Eliminate fraud & bad debt
Enjoy risk-free transactions
Purchase with confidence
Grow your business
Grow your business
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Don’t let scams sink your business

Not receiving the goods or services that you paid for can be financially crippling, packing every purchase with stress and uncertainty.

Get what you pay for, every time

TradeSafe is a digital escrow service that safeguards your funds in a bank-supported escrow (trust) account until the supplier has delivered precisely what was promised.

Get what you ordered

We only pay the seller once you confirm receipt of the goods or services.

Make payments safely

With management oversight by Standard Bank, TradeSafe holds your funds in a secure escrow holding account.

Multiple transaction options

You can set up different transaction structures with your suppliers such as milestone and drawdown payments.

Escrow Wallet

TradeSafe provides wallet functionality that allows customers’ funds to be stored securely for future transactions.

Reduced Risk

If a seller misrepresents what he/she is selling,
they will not be paid.

Affordable fees as low as R49

The escrow fee can be paid by either party or split equally. Fees are affordable and are a fraction of what law firms would charge.

How it works

TradeSafe’s escrow protects buyers and sellers by holding the buyer’s funds in an escrow holding account until the seller delivers the goods or fulfils their obligations. Buyers get what they paid for, and sellers are guaranteed payment.

Step 1

You and the seller agree on the terms of the deal

Create an account with TradeSafe, and either you or the seller can create a transaction in minutes.
Step 2

You deposit the funds with TradeSafe

Once you’ve deposited the money in full with TradeSafe, we’ll issue the seller a signed letter of comfort.
Step 3

Seller delivers goods or services to you

At this stage, TradeSafe will ask you whether you are happy with the goods and services received.

Step 4

Tradesafe instantly releases payment

Once you accept the goods or services, TradeSafe releases the funds to the seller instantly using Standard Bank’s Host-to-Host technology.

Anyone can buy confidently with escrow

TradeSafe removes the risks associated with online transactions and large-scale orders. Let’s put your fears of fraud and financial loss to rest, so you can buy with confidence and pay safely.


Whether you’re buying the private yacht you’ve always wanted or a piece of jewellery from an online marketplace, let TradeSafe protect you from scams or misrepresentation.


Don’t let the fear of fraud or poor quality deliverables debilitate your buying decisions. We’ll safeguard your transactions so you can focus on growing your business.
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Simon Just

Head Payments
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Standard Bank clients have a deep need to protect their businesses by ensuring they are able to control the flow of funds for the procurement of goods & services. Conversely, their suppliers look for assurance that payment is guaranteed. TradeSafe offers an escrow solution for buyers & sellers to transact safely and securely. Whether you are working with commercial buyers & suppliers, or checking-out at an online marketplace, TradeSafe ensures all parties are protected, building a safer South Africa.
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Jan van den Handel

Executive Operational Finance

Our company frequently concludes contracts with clients that require us to use the services of smaller BEE partners. These smaller BEE partners do not have the financial capacity to meet the capital requirements of the client contract. The TradeSafe platform enabled us to effectively fund the BEE partner to meet their contractual obligations. The TradeSafe platform provided the assurance that the BEE partner met its obligations to its suppliers using the funds we had made available
Prince Chiramba

Prince Chiramba

Acquiring clients was easy. Getting the client to pay me was another story. Simply because both parties could not trust each other. With TradeSafe the client can’t scam me, and I can’t scam the client. I freelance comfortably without worrying about payments.
Gavin Deysel

Gavin Deysel

Co-Owner & Director
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Thank you TradeSafe for building a highly usable, user friendly gateway that has added measurable increases in first-time buyers and sales in general to our business.
Daniel Trevethan

Daniel Trevethan

TradeSafe’s attention to detail, commitment to customer service, and dedication to continually improving has been absolutely incredible. Choosing TradeSafe was a great move for our company and the products that TradeSafe offer have been vital for the smooth running of our website. Thanks again TradeSafe, keep it up!

Beat the risk, with TradeSafe

TradeSafe is South Africa’s longest-running digital escrow service, protecting businesses and individuals from transactional fraud and bad debt.


in transactions processed across 40 industries


as the longest running escrow provider in Africa


using the TradeSafe merchant integration


Standard Bank has management oversight of the escrow account.


Escrow funds are insured by iTOO, a division of Hollard


EY performs agreed-upon procedures in terms of international standards on related services


Authorised Third-Party Payment Provider with the PASA

Your money has never been safer

From multi-million rand commodity deals to antiques, luxury timepieces and second-hand cars, TradeSafe has been protecting online transactions since 2015.

Say goodbye to scams, fraud and bad debt, and buy with confidence

Whether you are transacting for yourself, your business, or your shop, TradeSafe is the safest way to transact online. Enjoy the freedom to transact without fear with TradeSafe’s bank-supported digital escrow service.

Sign up online

Click the “Transact Now” button and complete the simple online sign up form. Creating an account is free and only takes a few minutes.

Get verified

Your details will be instantly verified to ensure safe and secure transactions.

Create a deal

Once we have verified your details, you are ready to create your first deal using TradeSafe.

Sign up online

Click the “Transact Now” button and complete the simple online sign up form. Creating an account is free and only takes a few minutes.

Get verified

After uploading your business documents we’ll verify your account, which takes 2 - 3 hours.

Create a deal

Once we have verified your business, you are ready to create your first deal using TradeSafe.

Sign up an account

Verify your profile and add your business. Sole proprietors are welcome.

Register your App

Register your application in sandbox mode. Not a technical person? Just invite your developer. TradeSafe provides a playground, API documentation and other tools to aid you.

Test and go live

Once satisfied with integration, configure a few settings, upload the commercials, and request to go live. Your store is then then ready to transact.