Timelines described below are subject to change by industry bodies. Date last amended: November 2023

Financial Institutions across the globe are preparing to change the way payments are communicated as Swift end the use of MT formats. A new messaging standard called ISO 20022 is being adopted that will allow more data to be included. Below we outline what you need to know about the new messaging standards, key dates and what Lloyds Bank is doing to support clients during the transition period. 

What is ISO 20022?

ISO 20022 is a suite of global payments messaging standards. These standards are already in use for SEPA payments and are being adopted by a number of other domestic and international clearing systems over the coming years. Likely to have the biggest impact to our clients in the near term will be CHAPS and Target2 with the Faster Payments Service due to follow at a later date.

IS0 20022 is a standards methodology that not just defines the XML-rich structured format standards introduced by Swift, but it is a community of practices, translation rules and support for promoting, adopting and using these new standards. The ISO 20022 standards for payments and settlement, exceptions and investigations, and balance and transaction reporting will all be integral to the future of payments.

Key migration timelines

The enhanced and richer structured data in payments messages, exception and investigation messages as well as balance and transaction reporting will result in enhanced automation, interoperability and integration – especially as global clearing systems also migrate to ISO 20022.

For Lloyds Bank and our customers, there have already been two key sets of dates. In March 2023 the Target2 (High-value Euro) ISO 20022 migration went live over one weekend; going from MT messages on the Friday, to MX messages on the Monday.

The whole industry began the CBPR+ migration from MT to MX at the same time. This is when we had to start receiving those ISO messages. Lloyds Bank also started sending ISO messages at that time.

The second key date was the revised Bank of England CHAPS migration, which was in June 2023.

The focus now shifts to 2024 with the upcoming SEPA upgrade to 2019 standards. The Bank of England will also mandate Legal Entity Identifier Codes for CHAPS transactions between Financial Institutions. Purpose Codes will also be mandatory for property transactions.

Currently the ISO 20022 migration is intended to complete in November 2025. In the interim it is expected that both message standards will be accepted during this co-existence period.
 

Key migration timelines ISO 20022, for 2024, 2025 and 2026.
Key migration timelines

Key migration timelines

Nick Mellish sets out some of the key dates for industry schemes as the migration begins. 

  • Benefits

    Over time businesses will see a number of benefits from the introduction of ISO 20022:

    • Processing speed: Structured data will allow a reduction in manual processing and better automation of payment processes such as AML and sanctions checking. This will allow corporates to transact much more efficiently with their payment counterparties.
    • Improved reconciliation: Message standards are extensible which means much more information can be transmitted with a payment. This will allow corporates to vastly improve reconciliation processes by making use of this room for additional data.
    • Cost reduction: Greater standardisation will result in the simplification of data that corporates need to hold and send to their counterparties and reduced integration costs.
    • Innovation opportunity: As adoption increases, the advantages of ISO 20022 will facilitate greater innovation opportunities for corporates and banks, particularly when combined with other technology advances such as cloud computing and investment from infrastructure providers.

    Considerations

    While much of the heavy lifting will be undertaken by us (or your Bank), there will be a number of things that corporates will need to consider:

    • In moving to structured data, you will need to think about your own migration journey starting with a review of information about payment counterparties and how this will be populated in a structured format.
    • Consider how and what you capture when setting up a new payment counterparty in the future. Changes will be made by electronic banking systems to facilitate the entry of structured information by November 2025.
    • As ISO 20022 becomes more widely adopted, countries around the world will require more information to be provided with a payment such as Legal Entity Identifier and payment purpose codes.
    • Corporates will need to think about how these emerging requirements will be captured and stored.
    • Corporates should also engage with their ERP vendors to ask what they are doing to support the migration to ISO 20022.

     

    ISO 20022 migration for corporates

    ISO 20022 migration for corporates

    Read more on what ISO 20022 is and what it means for businesses in the UK.

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  • Benefits

    Over time financial institutions will see a number of benefits from the introduction of ISO 20022:

    • Processing speed: Structured data will allow a reduction in manual processing and better automation of payment processing as whole – including AML and  sanctions checking. 
    • Improved reconciliation: Message standards are extensive both in terms of the quality of data and where it is located. This means much more information can be transmitted with a payment and also in all transaction balance and reporting data, allowing for vast improvements in reconciliation processes.
    • Cost reduction: Greater standardisation will result in greater levels of straight through processing and interoperability across the global payments landscape.
    • Innovation opportunity: As adoption increases, the advantages of ISO 20022 will facilitate greater innovation opportunities for corporates and banks, particularly when combined with other technology advances such as cloud computing and investment from infrastructure providers.

    Think about your own migration journey

    • Think of your own infrastructure and all the elements impacted, from your client payments initiation journey to your reconciliations processes.
    • Look to your own direct clearing access ISO migration schedule.
    • Test your ability to build and validate CBPR+ on Swift MyStandards. Think of how and when you want to receive new CAMT reporting standards (banks will all need to be flexible to work within the transition period to support each other during the co-existence period).
    • Engage with partner banks to understand their migration schedule and share your own.

    Supporting our FI clients’ migration to ISO 20022

    How Lloyds Bank is supporting our FI clients on their ISO 20022 migration journey.

    Lloyds Bank’s migration so far

    Nick Mellish speaks to Oonagh McGrane about how he felt the first part of the ISO 20022 migration went.

    ISO 20022 migration for Financial Institutions

    ISO 20022 migration for Financial Institutions

    Read more about what the ISO 20022 migration means for FIs in the UK.

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What is Lloyds Bank’s approach to the migration?

Our journey began in 2016 as we looked to develop our plans to:

  • respond to regulatory requirement to migrate to the new standards by the established deadlines;
  • support the migration of the GBP and EUR Clearing systems that we are direct members of;
  • support the needs of our Corporate and Financial Institutional clients on this journey.

The result was the design and build of Lloyds Bank Gem®. Offered to Corporate and Institutional firms, this is our ISO 20022 and API-enabled cash management and payments platform, as well as our new International Payments Platform. We fully support the Swift Transaction Management platform and will be ready to send and receive ISO 20022 MX messages.

We began migrating Lloyds Bank Plc outbound flow from March 2023 with Target2 first to move, and CHAPS payments following in June 2023. For all payments, we are initially using a translator. We will be able to receive MT or MX until the end of the co-existence period.

To find out more about ISO 20022 speak to your relationship manager.

Lloyds Bank’s approach to the migration

Nick Mellish explains Lloyds Bank’s flexible capability to support clients during the transition.

How Lloyds Bank has prepared for ISO 20022

Nick Mellish gives an overview of how Lloyds Bank has incorporated strong technology as part of our plan for the ISO 20022 migration.

  • Below is a summary of the current Swift MT formats and their MX ISO 20022 equivalents.

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    Existing FIN MTs

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 101 relay

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    pain.001.001.09

    (Interbank)

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 102

    MT 102 STP

    MT 103 REMIT

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    pacs.008.001.08

     

    pacs.008.001.08

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 103

    MT103 /RETN/

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    pacs.008.001.08

    pacs.004.001.09

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 103 STP

    MT 192

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    pacs.008.001.08

    camt.056.001.08

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 196 (Response)

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    camt.029.001.09

    (ONLY as a response to camt.056)

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 200

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    pacs.009.001.08

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 201

    MT 202

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    pacs.009.001.08

    pacs.009.001.08

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 202 (with reimbursement Agents – Fields 53 and 54)

    MT 202 COV

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    pacs.009.001.08 - ADV

    pacs.009.001.08 COV

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 202 /RETN/

    MT 203

    MT 204

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    pacs.004.001.09

    pacs.009.001.08

    pacs.010.001.03

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 205

    MT 205 COV

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    pacs.009.001.08

    pacs.009.001.08 COV

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 205 /RETN/

    MT 210

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    pacs.004.001.09

    camt.057.001.06

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 292

    MT 296

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    camt.056.001.08

    camt.029.001.09

    (ONLY as a response to camt.056)

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 900

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    camt.054.001.08

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 910

    MT 920

    ISO 20022 equivalent

     

    camt.060.001.05

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 940

    MT 941

    MT 942

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    camt.053.001.08

    camt.052.001.08

    Existing FIN MTs

    MT 950

    ISO 20022 equivalent

    camt.053.001.08

  • Cross-border Payments and Reporting Plus (CBPR+) is a market practice defining how ISO 20022 will be used for cross-border payments and cash reporting on the Swift network.

  • High-Value Payments Plus (HVPS+) is a market practice originated as part of the ISO 20022 harmonisation initiative. It defines how ISO 20022 should be used for high-value payments market infrastructures such as CHAPS.

    Both sets of standards are available on Swift MyStandards.

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