• Guidance: importing Faster Payments in Commercial Banking Online (CSV file)

    Last updated:  07  December  2015

    Importing Faster Payments in a CSV file

    Importing Faster Payments to Commercial Banking Online will be different to importing them in your existing online banking channel.

    Corporate Online

    Header Indicator and Trailer Indicator

    Each payment you import will need to contain a header record at the start and a trailer record at the end. The header record will need to include:

    • Header Indicator: H
    • Import date: YYYYMMDD
    • Unique Sequence Number: every payment submitted by a user on the same day must have a different number. Each user can choose which number to enter.

    The Trailer Indicator field must always be ‘T’.

    Comments

    The comments field allows you to add notes about the payment. The field is optional and any text entered will not be shown on Commercial Banking Online.

    This table shows a breakdown of new, changed and removed fields on Commercial Banking Online

    New mandatory fieldsFields have changed position or formatNew optional fields
    Import DateHeader IndicatorAdditional Reference
    Unique Sequence NumberPayment TypeEnd to End Reference
    Trailer IndicatorDebit Account NumberComments
     Beneficiary Account Number 
     Beneficiary Sort Code 
     Payment Amount 
     Beneficiary Name 
     Beneficiary Reference 
     Value Date 

    New mandatory fields

    These fields are new mandatory fields which must be completed for the imported payment to pass validation.

    Fields have changed position or format

    These fields have changed position and/or format. They are a mixture of mandatory and optional fields. Mandatory fields must be completed for the imported payment to pass validation.

    New optional fields

    These fields are new and are optional.

    This table shows the differences between your existing payment import file and the payment import file on Commercial Banking Online

     Corporate OnlineCommercial Banking Online 
    Field namePositionMandatory / optionalField formatPositionMandatory / optionalField formatDescription of the change

    Header Indicator

    H1

    Mandatory

    HEA

    H1

    Mandatory

    H

    New mandatory field

    Import Date

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    H2

    Mandatory

    YYYYMMDD

    New mandatory field

    Unique Sequence Number

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    H3

    Mandatory

    35 characters

    New mandatory field

    Payment Type

    1

    Mandatory

    FPS

    1

    Mandatory

    FPS

    Mandatory field must be filled with 'FPS’

    Debit Account Number

    2 and 3

    Mandatory

    6 characters and 8 characters

    5

    Mandatory

    [Sort Code]-[Account Number]

    Sort Code and Account Number are now in a single field separated with a hyphen.

    Beneficiary Sort Code

    4

    Mandatory

    6 characters

    8

    Mandatory

    6 characters

    Field has changed position

    Beneficiary Account Number

    5

    Mandatory

    8 characters

    7

    Mandatory

    8 characters

    Field has changed position

    Payment Amount

    6

    Mandatory

    N9.2

    3

    Mandatory

    N18.2

    Field has changed position and format

    Beneficiary Name

    7

    Mandatory

    18 characters

    6

    Mandatory

    35 characters

    Field has changed position and format

    Beneficiary Reference

    8

    Mandatory

    18 characters

    9

    Optional

    18 characters

    Field has changed position and is now optional

    Value Date

    9

    Mandatory

    DDMMYY

    2

    Mandatory

    YYYYMMDD

    Field has changed position and format

    Additional Reference

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    10

    Optional

    140 characters

    New optional field

    End to End Reference

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    11

    Optional

    31 characters

    New optional field

    Comments

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    12

    Optional

    140 characters

    New optional field. Not passed with the payment import.

    Trailer Indicator

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    T1

    Mandatory

    T

    New mandatory field

    Check your payment import files are compatible with Commercial Banking Online

    We have provided a range of example files that demonstrate what a working payment import file will look like on Commercial Banking Online. You can use these files to compare them with and make changes to your current import files.

    Find out more about using payment import example files on Commercial Banking Online.

    A key to the abbreviations used in the tables above

    Key 
    Position The number shows the field position within the file. Where there are two numeric values, e.g. 3 and 4, this means two fields will be consolidated into one. For example Commercial Banking Online combines the sort code and account number into one field.
    Field Formatn/aNot applicable – this field does not exist
    DDays
    MMonths
    YYears
     N(16.2)   means 16 numeric characters with 2 decimal places  
    25 characters x 5  means five lines of 25 characters  
    'H' or 'T'means Header or Trailer  

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