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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
2200 N. PEARL ST.
DALLAS, TX 75201-2272

HELEN E. HOLCOMB
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT AND
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

September 3, 2003

Notice 03-48

TO: The Chief Operating Officer of each
financial institution and others concerned
in the Eleventh Federal Reserve District
SUBJECT
New FedACH InternationalSM Services
DETAILS
SM

The Federal Reserve is pleased to announce two FedACH International limited
production implementations (LPIs), expected to begin November 3, 2003. The trans-Atlantic LPI
service will feature credit flows to and from five countries in Western Europe: Austria, Germany,
The Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The Mexico LPI service will initially enable
United States-to-Mexico credit flows. Mexico-to-United States credit flows will be introduced in the
latter part of 2004.
Limited production implementation is the term used to define the initial phase of
implementing a new FedACH International service. During the LPI, a limited number of U.S.
depository financial institutions (DFIs) will participate as originators. These DFIs will work with the
Federal Reserve to ensure the success of the service before participation is opened to all depository
financial institutions. Although the number of U.S. originating DFIs is limited during the initial
phase, all U.S. depository financial institutions need to be prepared to receive and process ACH
items beginning with the start of the LPI. The trans-Atlantic and Mexico LPIs will run for a 9- to 12month period, after which the services are expected to move into full production.
The trans-Atlantic and Mexico services, along with the Canada service, will soon
comprise the family of FedACH International services, which is expected to grow as additional
countries are added. Although the Canada service has been in production since 2001, payments in
that service flow only in one direction, from the U.S. to Canada. As a result, only U.S. depository
institutions actively originating in that service have had to be prepared to receive cross-border items
coming back as returns from Canada. This will not be the case with the new LPI services.

For additional copies, bankers and others are encouraged to use one of the following toll-free numbers in contacting the Federal
Reserve Bank of Dallas: Dallas Office (800) 333-4460; El Paso Branch Intrastate (800) 592-1631, Interstate (800) 351-1012;
Houston Branch Intrastate (800) 392-4162, Interstate (800) 221-0363; San Antonio Branch Intrastate (800) 292-5810.

-2What This Means for Receiving Depository Financial Institutions
Beginning November 3, 2003, the trans-Atlantic service will include incoming payments
to the U.S. from Europe. All U.S. depository financial institutions will need to be prepared to receive
and process incoming, cross-border ACH credit transactions. The introduction of Mexico-to-U.S.
payments later in 2004 will further increase the likelihood that U.S. depository institutions will
receive cross-border ACH payments.
Business and consumer account holders at receiving depository financial institutions
(RDFIs) may authorize incoming payments without advance notice to their DFIs. To successfully
post incoming credits to customer accounts, U.S. depository financial institutions should ensure they
are prepared to receive cross-border ACH payments starting November 3, 2003. To accomplish this,
depository financial institutions should confirm that they are prepared for cross-border payments.
Being prepared means that an institution’s ACH processing software has been updated to
handle National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA) cross-border standard entry class
(SEC) codes of CBR (corporate) and PBR (consumer), as well as unique field information that will
appear in these records. For example, unique field information includes such data as International
Organization for Standardization (IOS) country and currency codes. To accomplish this, an
institution may need to upgrade an existing application by obtaining and installing a patch from its
ACH software vendor or by enhancing an in-house application to accommodate cross-border
formats.
The Federal Reserve and foreign gateway operators have made significant efforts to
assure that the translation between NACHA formats and the formats used in other countries results in
a clean, straight-through processing flow for cross-border ACH payments. If you receive any crossborder ACH payments that you cannot process for any reason, we encourage you to contact FedACH
Central Operations Support so that we can resolve the issue.
MORE INFORMATION
Participating in Limited Production Implementations
If you are interested in participating in the LPI or receiving additional information about
FedACH International services, please contact Diane Holloway at (214) 922-5470, or toll free at
(800) 333-4460, extension 5470.
Paper copies of this notice or previous Federal Reserve Bank notices can be printed from
our web site at www.dallasfed.org/banking/notices/index.html.
Sincerely,


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102