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Priced services

STEP2 is a Pan-European Automated Clearing House (PE-ACH) for retail payments in euro. The platform is one of the key clearing and settlement mechanisms in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), both in terms of processing volumes and participating institutions. STEP2 provides a state-of-the art and network-independent processing engine, which is based on global XML-based ISO standards and is fully compliant with the EPC SCT and SDD Scheme Rulebooks and Implementation Guidelines.

The STEP2 platform is a highly resilient processing system with full disaster recovery sites and features and operational procedures that are regularly tested with the user community. It provides the following key benefits:

  • A scalable processing engine
  • A highly experienced technical operator (SIA)
  • Secure settlement in TARGET2
  • Three processing sites
  • Three operations centres for system monitoring running in parallel mode
  • Customer support for operational queries and emergency situations
  • Crisis simulation exercises
  • ISO 27001 certification

The platform also ensures full straight-through processing of all transactions in the interbank space and offers its users the most advanced standard functionality based on latest technology:

  • 24-hour file sending, payment warehousing and scheduling of payments in a specific cycle
  • Several same-day and optional night-time settlement cycles
  • Payment cancellation and recall functionality
  • Network independence: direct participants can connect to the STEP2 central system through SWIFTNet, SIANet and/or EBICS
  • Machine-readable routing tables
  • Interactive workstation
  • Reconciliation reports and statistical data

As a cornerstone of the SEPA processing infrastructure, STEP2 provides full reach for SEPA Credit Transfers and Direct Debits to over 4,800 payment service providers across all SEPA countries.

The STEP2-T system has been classified as a systemically important payment system by the European Central Bank and is held to the highest oversight requirements.

As there is no need for collateral, there are no additional costs for the users that participate in any of the STEP2 Services.

Another non-negligible benefit of the STEP2 services is that they are extremely liquidity efficient through the use of multilateral netting.

STEP2-T Pricing

The pricing policy for STEP2-T consists in recovering all costs in relation to the processing services provided by SIA, the costs in relation to settlement in TARGET2 as well as the operational, administrative and depreciation costs at the level of EBA CLEARING, acting as ‘business administrator’, in relation to the service management and development of STEP2-T.  The pricing objectives of STEP2-T include in particular the objective to minimise costs for the users in relation to the processing of bulk payments.  The users of the STEP2-T System benefit from the economies of scale brought about by increasing volumes and the realisation of SEPA.

Overview of fees

The pricing of the STEP2 Services is proactively sent to all respective participants and is made available to prospective and potential participants upon qualified request. An overview of the fees is provided hereafter for comparability purposes on the part of entities having a potential interest to use STEP2.

1)        Joining and annual fees

The STEP2-T System comprises three SEPA Services: the STEP2 SEPA Credit Transfer Service (SCT), the STEP2 SDD Core Service (SDD Core) and the STEP2 SDD B2B Service (SDD B2B).

Joining fees (in EUR) SCT SDD Core SDD B2B
Direct Participant (DP) 30,000* 30,000* 30,000*
Inclusion by a DP of a Reachable BIC 300 300 300
Annual fees (in EUR)      
Direct Participant (DP) 27,500 30,000 30,000
Inclusion by a DP of a Reachable BIC 250 250 250
Fee for settlement services 12,000 5,000 5,000

* A discount of EUR 5,000 is applied if banks from a same banking group join one or several STEP2 SEPA Services as Direct Participants on the same date.

An annual usage fee of EUR 10,000 and a relationship fee of EUR 1,000 apply on a per service basis in case of use of the batch processing and an annual fee of EUR 5,000 applies for Additional Optional Services (AOS) or Value-added Services (VAS).

Annual fees (in EUR) SCT SDD Core SDD B2B
Batch processing usage fee 10,000 10,000 10,000
Relationship fee 1,000 1,000 1,000
AOS1 (Acceptance Date) 5,000    
AOS2 (Extended Remittance Information) 5,000    
AOS3 (Transferability) 5,000    
Dutch statutory direct debit tax collection   5,000  
Use of a night-time cycle 10,000    

2) Transaction fees

STEP2 offers different transaction fees apply depending on the use of validation for single payments or the use of the batch processing mode with pre-sorted messages and on the pricing options chosen by the participants, starting at:

Quarterly fees (in EUR) SCT SDD Core SDD B2B
Minimum charging level, for the first 5,000 transactions per day sent to STEP2 3,750 3,750** 3,750**
Transaction fee single processing (in EUR)      
Payable by sender 0.002 0.002 0.002
Payable by receiver 0.002 0.002 0.002

** Only applicable to Direct Participants with the status CAD (Creditor and Debtor) or having Reachable BICs with this status.

Transaction fee batch processing (in EUR)      
Payable by sender 0.001

0.001

0.001

Payable by receiver 0.001 0.001 0.001

Further, different attractive pricing options are available for large volume users or banks that commit volumes for a period of three years, as for example the latter may opt for application of transaction fees based upon daily average volume of payments sent and received on an annual basis. The per transaction charges for payments sent and received will be determined based on the aggregate volume in accordance with a tiered structure. The same per transaction charges apply to any one participant in the same tier.

3) Network and changes

Fees for the use of the other networks for sending payment messages is a matter of the bilateral contract of each user with the network provider. A EUR 5,000 fee per service applies for the usage of the EBICS communication channel and the related technical and operational functionality on the STEP2 platform on a per service basis.

Modest administrative fees apply for changes in the STEP2 routing tables or for configuration changes.


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