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SEPA – (Single Euro Payments Area)

Thanks to the SEPA standard, you as a Credit Suisse client can reap the advantages of standardized European payment transactions in euros.

SEPA is an initiative of the European Payments Council (EPC) to harmonize and standardize European payments in euros. To date, the SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit procedures have been developed and launched. The SEPA procedures are based on standardized data formats as agreed by the European banks. The key aspect of the system is the pan-European use of the International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and Bank Identification Code (BIC). In addition to harmonized formats, pan-European processing centers have been established for automated processing of bulk payment transactions in euros.

SEPA Standards

Central standards for harmonized processing of individual procedures in Europe are:

  • EUR transactions within EU/EEA member countries and in Switzerland and Monaco.
  • Use of IBAN (International Bank Account Number) of the beneficiary.
  • Use of BIC (Bank Identifier Code) of the beneficiary bank.
  • Uniform message standard using XML (ISO20022).
  • Uniform business rules to process payments.

Depending on the procedure, there are also individual additional standards to be met. These are set forth on the SEPA product pages listed below.

SEPA Solutions from Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse offers the following SEPA procedures:

Pan-European Liquidity Management

There are various alternatives for optimizing cash and liquidity management with SEPA, depending on your liquidity targets and organizational structure. For example, the centralization of payment transactions in euros (and Swiss francs) or the central management of euro accounts abroad using multibanking solutions.

Optimize Your Payment Transactions in Euros

With SEPA, there are new ways to simplify your receivables, creditor and cash management, as well as your account structure. You can find out more about the Credit Suisse solutions for European payment transactions from our SEPA specialists.

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