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 e-billing role model from PostFinance (German)

Changes

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

Return of archive files is being discontinued.
 

At present, archive data can no longer be delivered for e-bills to eBill or e-bills that are delivered as a hybrid bill (PDF with integrated user data, ZUGFeRD).

The delivery of archive data will be completely discontinued by 2021 at the latest.

Discontinuation of regulations as of 1 January 2018. There is no longer a requirement to retain the signed electronic invoice for e-billing. The invoice issuer can archive their invoice data in the same way as invoice data sent on other channels.
Invoice issuers who still download archive data from e-bills
Generally speaking, we advise invoice issuers against downloading the signed archive file from now on. 
Delivering e-bills with QR-IBAN numbers

As of 1 July 2020, it will also be possible to deliver e-bills with QR-IBAN numbers instead of ISR information.
QR bills are set to be introduced in the Swiss financial center on 1 July 2020.
Invoice issuers who are switching to QR bill and who also want to use QR bills for e-bills
Image in yellowbill invoice 2.0 format

Image in yellowbill invoice 1.2.7 format 

Important for invoice issuers 

B2B bill delivery 
  • Introduction of the QR bill

    Starting mid-July 2020, it will also be possible to deliver e-bills with QR-IBAN numbers instead of ISR information. You will find more detailed information about this in the following factsheet.

    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

    Planned further development of PostFinance’s e-bill platform

    PostFinance is planning to offer its business customers new services from the end of 2020. The new services planned are:

    • A self-service portal for business customers – to replace the current tools.
      Invoice issuers and recipients who use PostFinance’s e-bill platform will have a new, modern administrative platform and be able to make extended requests about transactions and adjust their own settings.
    • Customers will be able to register online (without a form) as an invoice issuer and/or recipient.
    • Expansion of functions connected with eBill:
      Invoice issuers will be able to submit look-up requests and address e-bills using an e-mail address or UID
      Invoice issuers will be able to upload logos and enclosures for eBill themselves
  • 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.