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What should I consider when using the Bankline XML Payment Import format?

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If you are planning to use the Bankline XML option to import, there are some key points to consider to ensure the import is successful.

  • As the contents of the XML file are converted into Bankline formatted payments to allow them to be managed though our payment systems; it is important to read the Bankline XML Import Guide carefully to note the specific requirements that apply (such as field length), which may differ from your current use of XML ISO20022 pain.001.001.03.
  • Whilst it is possible to have one batch element followed by multiple transaction elements in the same XML file; each transaction will create both a debit and credit entry. This will apply unless the payment type being imported is a Bulk Standard Domestic or Bulk Inter Account Transfer when a single debit / multi credit transaction will be created.
  • Please be aware that this version of the XML format is specifically configured for use with Bankline Payments, and will differ from that used for Bankline SEPA Direct Debit Origination & Bankline Direct SEPA Credit Transfer files. 

As the XML guide often refers to the equivalent field in our Bankline CSV format you may find it useful to refer to that guide as well, especially if you are thinking about switching from CSV to XML.

You can find the guides for XML and CSV imports on our Bankline Support guides hub, under More Bankline support guides, and then Importing payments.

Please note, there was a minor update to the XML guide recently, the latest and most up to date version is dated February 2017.

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