At present, connections to all banks belonging to bank group 4 are governed by the same agreement, and all banks in the group use BIC code HELSFIHH. In October 2014, these banking connections will be transferred under three separate agreements, with separate agreements and banking connections for Aktia, Säästöpankki and POP Pankki. The new bank connection authorisation must be used for services opened on or after 24 October 2014.
What bank group 4?
Banks whose BBAN-format account numbers begin with the number 4 are called “bank group 4”. The group includes Aktia, Säästöpankki and POP Pankki.
Connections to all banks belonging to bank group 4 are governed by the same agreement, and all banks in the group use BIC code HELSFIHH. In October 2014, these banking connections will be transferred under three separate agreements, with separate agreements and banking connections for Aktia, Säästöpankki and POP Pankki. The new bank connection authorisation must be used for services opened on or after 24 October 2014.
Säästöpankki banks will adopt the BIC code ITELFIHH from 1 November 2014. Aktia and POP Pankki will retain the BIC code HELSFIHH also after the change. POP Pankki will receive its own BIC-code, POPFFI22, on 7 February 2015, after which only Aktia will keep the BIC code HELSFIHH.
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What do these changes affect?
The changes to banking connections affect the channel through which Procountor connects with group 4 banks. The changes to BIC codes affect payment transactions and finvoice electronic invoice transactions both. The finvoice operator ID will change when the new BIC code is adopted and linked to IBAN account numbers. After the BIC code change of 1 November 2014, payments to Säästöpankki must be made using BIC code ITELFIHH, while the operator ID for electronic invoices sent to customers of Säästöpankki will be ITELFIHH.
What will Procountor do?
Procountor will take care of opening the new banking connection channels and work with the banks to ensure that the agreements of Procountor’s customers will be for the right channels after the change. The new bank connection authorisations will also be implemented during October, sometime before 24 October 2014. After the changes have been implemented, you can find the authorisations in the Procountor manual.
Procountor will make automatic changes to BIC codes and operator IDs on 1 November 2014. From that date, Procountor will automatically suggest the BIC code ITELFIHH for Säästöpankki account numbers, for example in the invoice view.
The changes will apply to:
- Säästöpankki account numbers saved in the Bank account information view
- IBAN-format electronic invoice addresses saved in the Electronic invoice addresses view
- Customer register: The IBAN-format electronic invoice addresses of customers, whose invoice channel is electronic invoice
- Supplier and employee registers: The BIC codes of Säästöpankki account numbers
What does the customer need to do?
For services opened on or after 24 October 2014, new customers or the banking services for new bank accounts must be added to Procountor using the new bank connection authorisation.
Companies that use Säästöpankki should notify their customers of the new BIC code, for example in the additional information section of sales invoices. This information is easy to add to all invoices as default additional information in field Additional sales invoice default information in the Additional information section of the customer’s basic information in the partner register.
Companies that receive electronic invoices through Säästöpankki should notify their suppliers of the new operator ID. This notification can be made directly from Procountor, useing the Group letter function.