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SAP standard payment output formats

Does SAP offer a standard payment output which banks can use to process real payments?
SAP uses a standard IDoc (Intermediate Document) to produce payments. The PEXR2002 IDoc is based on the Edifact PAYORD format recognized by many of the larger banks. In some cases, your bank may be able to accept the IDoc directly, but in other cases, you may need to use an EDI translator or some other translation tool to get the IDoc into the bank's proprietary format. SAP also offers other output formats for payments, but they do not offer as good of an audit trail as the IDoc. Payment IDocs can be updated in your SAP system to show that they have been accepted by your bank or that they have been rejected for a specific reason. The other outputs are in text format and thus have no way of being automatically updated.
This was last published in October 2003

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