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NACHA File Format FAQ

Does Forte require balanced or unbalanced NACHA files?

Forte only accepts unbalanced NACHA files.

What should I enter for the NACHA field called Company Identification?

Enter your Merchant ID assigned by Forte in the Company Identification field. This value may be referenced from the new merchant's welcome letter or package. The Company Identification is an alphanumeric field found in both the batch header and batch control records:

  • Batch Header (type '5'): positions 41-50
  • Batch Control (type '8'): positions 45-54

How do I format numeric text in a NACHA-formatted file?

Numeric text (i.e., 0–9 with no period) must be right-justified with no padding and zero (0) filling any empty positions. For example, the variable, COMPANY IDENTIFICATION must be formatted in this manner for the Forte platform to accept the file.

How do I format alphanumeric text in a NACHA-formatted file?

Alphanumeric text must be left-justified with space padding for unused positions.

Do I need to include the Immediate Destination in my NACHA file?

The Immediate Destination field is not necessary.

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