The safest way to buy & sell

Transact with confidence when using
TradeSafe’s bank-supported digital escrow solution

Enjoy risk-free transactions

Eliminate fraud & bad debt

Enjoy risk-free transactions

Enjoy risk-free transactions

Grow your business

Grow your business

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Fraud shouldn’t stop you from growing

Whether you are buying or selling, are an individual or a corporate, fraud poses a threat to your business growth. Let TradeSafe help you beat the risk so that you can grow.

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.

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Buyer and seller agree on terms

Either the buyer or seller can register an account with TradeSafe, and create a transaction in minutes.

Buyer deposits funds with TradeSafe

The buyer deposits the funds in full. TradeSafe issues a signed, QR-secured letter of comfort to the seller.

Seller delivers goods or services

Knowing that the funds are safe with TradeSafe, the seller is comfortable to deliver the goods or services. Courier or tracking information can also be uploaded.

The Buyer inspects and accepts the goods or services

Once the buyer confirms that the agreement has been fulfilled, they authorise TradeSafe to release payment to the seller.

Tradesafe releases the funds

TradeSafe releases the funds to the seller on the same day, using Standard Bank’s Host-to-Host technology, closing the transaction.

Any transaction, any time

TradeSafe’s digital escrow service is the faster, safer and more affordable alternative to traditional security instruments, such as attorneys’ trust accounts or Letters of Credit.

Multiple transaction parties

Add multiple parties such as agents and consultants to the deal with confidentiality ensured.

Merchant integrations

Integrate TradeSafe with your marketplace or online store via our GraphQL API or one of our shopping cart plugins.

Quick registration & verification

Our digital registration process for personal or business accounts makes setting up your account a breeze.

Eliminate fraud, scams & bad debt

If the seller misrepresents what they are selling, they will not be paid. If the buyer does not have the funds, the transaction will not begin.

Multiple transaction structures

With TradeSafe you can set up split payments, milestone payments, lay-bys and even drawdowns for sellers.

Host-2-Host processing

TradeSafe adopts Host-2-Host processing at Standard Bank. We automatically clear the funds and inform you instantly once the funds have been received into the escrow account.

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.

Automatic notifications

Email and SMS notifications are automatically sent to all parties during each stage of the transaction lifecycle, ensuring complete transparency at all times.

Integrated payment gateways

Payment to the escrow account can be done via EFT, Ozow, credit or debit card, SnapScan or with Buy Now Pay Later through our partners PayJustNow.

Comprehensive dashboard

TradeSafe provides a sleek dashboard to give you a good overview of your transaction activity as well as the movement in and out of the escrow account.

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Want to integrate?

TradeSafe can be easily integrated into your online shop, marketplace or trading system using our GraphQL API or any of our shopping-cart plugins. We make it easy to transact, anywhere.

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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.

Fully insured

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.

Anyone can transact with confidence

Whether you are transacting for yourself, your business or your shop, TradeSafe is the safest way to transact online.

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.

Say goodbye to scams, fraud and bad debt

Enjoy the freedom to transact without fear with TradeSafe’s bank-backed digital escrow service.