Further development of e-billing

The PostFinance e-billing service is continuously being developed and improved, which is why various modifications, including technical ones, are planned. As your reliable e-bill provider, we will notify you early on about these changes and keep you updated.

Our services

The information here is solely for software partners, service providers and customers with a direct interface to PostFinance. We support our customers with the following:

  • Delivering e-bills
  • Redirecting e-bills to eBill
  • Delivering e-bills to B2B recipients
  • Interconnect B2B from and to other providers
  • E-bill services such as enclosures, instalment payments, signatures etc.
  • With tools such as e-bill light, SmartBusiness, ISRlight and many more

What does eBill mean?

eBill is the e-billing service for e-banking customers in the Swiss financial center and is operated by SIX.

The future e-billing role model from PostFinance

Changes from April 2019

What is changing? Why? Who is affected? Technical impact on customers
What is changing?

Connection of PostFinance as a network partner (NWP) to the new SIX eBill infrastructure.

PostFinance will register the affected invoice issuers with eBill with effect from November.

Why?
E-bills intended for e-banking customers connected to the new SIX eBill portal will be delivered to the SIX eBill infrastructure via the new network partner interface.
Who is affected?
Invoice issuers who send e-bills to e-finance/banking customers via us.
Technical impact on customers
No technical modifications are required.
 
PostFinance will migrate its invoice issuers to the eBill portal with effect from November to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Please note: with PostFinance as your network partner, you will be able to reach all customers, including e-banking customers, without additional costs from November (no technical modifications are required here, either).
What is changing?
There will now be primary and secondary network partners (NWP).
Why?
With the advent of the eBill platform, the new role of network partner has been created. Previously, there were two providers; in future, multiple network partners will be possible.
Who is affected?
All invoice issuers, as they have to decide on a primary network partner.
Technical impact on customers
From spring 2020, all information on registrations and cancellations of your invoice recipients – regardless of which financial institution they are with – will only be supplied via one network partner. This means that registration and cancellation data can only be received via this primary network partner. Invoice issuers that send electronic invoices via multiple network partners must therefore choose a primary network partner by the spring of 2020 at the latest.

If you would like to have PostFinance as your primary network partner, you can notify us of this in writing by e-mailing PostFinance e-bill.
What is changing?
The new unit prices for incoming and outgoing deliveries will take effect from 1 November 2019.
Why?
Due to PostFinance’s connection to eBill as a network partner, we are adapting our pricing model for e-bills.
Who is affected?
All e-bill issuers are affected: the price level now depends on the number of e-bills supplied/received per customer and per month. In future, there will no longer be any costs for additional services, such as payment of Interconnect or registration fees.

You can find the new prices on the page E-bill for invoice issuers.
Technical impact on customers
None
What is changing?
Return of the signed archive file

Return of archive files is being discontinued. First of all, returns to recipients will no longer be possible with new delivery methods. This currently affects all e-bills that are delivered as a hybrid bill (PDF with integrated user data, ZUGFeRD) and all e-bills that are delivered to the new SIX eBill infrastructure via the network partner interface.
Why?

OEIDI repealed as of 1 January 2018
There are no longer any requirements for keeping signed e-bills. The invoice issuer can archive their invoice data in the same way as invoice data sent on other channels.

Who is affected?
Invoice issuers who process your e-bills with a signature.
Technical impact on customers

If the process explicitly requires the archive file, this must be changed in advance.
Generally speaking, we advise invoice issuers against downloading the signed archive file from now on.

  • Connecting e-finance to the new SIX eBill portal

    According to the current roadmap, e-bill customers who receive e-bills via e-finance will be transferred to the new SIX eBill portal in the second quarter of 2020. From this point onwards, all e-bills intended for e-finance and e-banking customers will be delivered to the SIX eBill infrastructure via the new network partner interface.

    New web services

    We have offered improved B2B services since 2016. These are based on new technology and provide numerous benefits in relation to previous B2B web services. Given that needs are changing and security requirements are becoming stricter, the old B2B web services no longer meet the current security standard. This is why we recommend that all software companies still using the old B2B web services should migrate to the new B2B services with the next release. You can find more information in the e-bill manual.

    Link to new web service

    Links to old web services

  • Name and brand of the Swiss financial center’s new infrastructure for e-bills sent to e-banking customers. eBill also refers to the new portal where e-banking customers will process their e-bills in future. eBill is the successor to e-bill. The e-bill function in e-finance will therefore also be renamed eBill in future.

    Find out more at The link will open in a new window ebill.ch

    B2B bill
    E-bills sent to business customers who import e-bills directly into their ERP system and process them there.
    eBill   infrastructure
    Technical system used by SIX to operate eBill.
    OElDI
    Ordinance of the FDF on Electronic Data and Information. Repealed as at 1 January 2018.
    Network partner (NWP)
    eBill partner that delivers e-bills for its customers to eBill based on the role model.
    Service provider
    A provider that delivers e-bills to PostFinance for its customers (biller service provider), or that receives e-bills from PostFinance for its customers (customer service provider).
    SIX
    The company that implements and operates eBill on behalf of Swiss banks.
    ZUGFeRD
    A delivery method for e-bills. This stands for “Central User Guide of the Forum for Electronic Invoicing in Germany”.
  • You can find more information on this subject on the page E-bill for invoice issuers.

    If you have any questions, please contact your advisor. As a software partner, you can simply send an e-mail to PostFinance Software Info.