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3152831 - Swift MT940: Unable to process line items with zero amount in bank statement applications


When uploading the MT940 bank statements with line items having zero amount, it fails. On trying to post manually in "Reprocess Bank Statement Items" App, below errors appeared:

  • Posting without line items is not possible
  • Error while posting the bank accounting document

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Reproducing the Issue

Upload MT940 bank statement file with line items having zero amount in "Manage Incoming Payment Files" App.


The length and number of the lines of the note to payee (field 86) is restricted in the Swift MT940 format. To circumvent this restriction, banks often send additional lines in the note to payee in the subsequent bank statement item. The amount in such items is zero.


  1. Go to "Define parameter sets"(SSCUI 103635) configuration Activity of electronic bank statements configuration, then create a parameter ID and select "ZeroSales Permitted" checkbox.
  2. When importing the bank file in "Manage Incoming Payment Files" App, make sure to select the created parameter ID and submit. 
  3. When the indicator is set, the system checks upon reading the bank statement file whether an item contains the amount 0 (field 61). In this case, the subsequent fields (86) are appended to the note to payee of the previous item. In this way, the information required to interpret the note to payee remains available and bank statements can be processed successfully.


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