SEPA Direct Debit

SEPA Direct Debit enables you to collect payment in euro from domestic and cross-border debtors, across the 33 countries in the Single Euro Payments Area.

About SEPA Direct Debit

The direct debit collection process used within SEPA works through shared rules, service levels and time frames. The old process was restricted to collecting payments in Ireland, whereas with SEPA you can collect euro payments within the 33 territories by using a single direct debit service. It’s far more streamlined, and includes a range of other important benefits:

  • Predictable payment dates
  • Immediate reconciliation of payments received
  • Pre-determined time limits for settlement
  • Streamlined cash flows and treasury management

 

For queries about SEPA Direct Debit or any aspect of SEPA implementation, email us now or call the Customer Support Team on 1850 812 040.

 
Types of SEPA DD Schemes
  1. SEPA Core Direct Debit (Core)
  2. SEPA Business to Business (B2B)
  3. SEPA Business Service (SBS)

Core Scheme
The Core scheme can be used by Personal or Business customers. Agreements will automatically be created for customers using the Core scheme when a SEPA DD is received, just like a standard domestic DD. Customers are not required to sign anything with the bank.

Customers using the online banking service - eBanking, can choose to prevent the collection of new SEPA DDs without their prior approval and can apply other restrictions to their accounts, e.g. amounts and frequency. See Refund/Return Rules below for more information.

A credit facility equivalent a peak 8 week direct debit collection period is required for all Danske Bank sponsored SEPA Direct Debit creditors. The related credit assessment is part of the Danske Bank SEPA Direct Debit application process.

B2B Scheme
The B2B scheme can only be used between large businesses/corporate customers. They must sign a SEPA Direct Debit Agreement before mandates can be created or collections made from the B2B debtor’s account. B2B customers must always pre-advise the bank of any new incoming SEPA DDs.

Time Limits
Contained in the table below are the timeframes within which you must submit your SEPA DD files to Danske Bank. Note: SEPA DDs are always received for a future payment date. They can be pre-dated up to 390 calendar days.

Description Core Scheme B2B Scheme
First Payment 6 days 2 days
Recurring Payment 3 days 2 days
Last Payment 3 days 2 days
Once-off Payment 6 days 2 days

Refund/Return Rules
A core customer can request a no-questions-asked refund within 8 weeks of the payment.

Type of Refund/Return Core Scheme B2B Scheme
Authorised Payment 8 weeks none
Unauthorised Payment 13 months 13 months

 

SEPA Direct Debit - Creditor Solution (Payee)

SEPA Direct Debit helps you to streamline cash flows and treasury management. This is especially useful if you need to regularly collect payments from customers in the euro zone, or want automatic payment processing and easy reconciliation of payments upon receipt.

To become a SEPA creditor and use the single direct debit system, you must be sponsored by Danske Bank. The application process includes a credit assessment. From there, Danske Bank facilitates you in obtaining approval of your mandate forms and a creditor identification number.

 

SEPA Direct Debit - Debtor Solution (Payer)

If you need to regularly make payments to any of the 33 countries within SEPA, you can do so using SEPA Direct Debit with Danske Bank.

Once you’ve completed the documentation allowing the creditor to debit your account, we will arrange for payment to be made on the due date.

The creditor identifier makes it possible to identify you as a creditor within the SEPA Direct Debit schemes without ambiguity.

Contact Danske Bank today to start the changeover now.

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