Using this tool, you can manage the dispute processes generated in your PayU account.

What is a Dispute?

Your buyers can present a claim to its card issuing bank. The bank sends us a dispute notification, and we create the dispute in our system. This dispute froze the total amount of the sale in your PayU account.

Why a dispute happens?

A buyer can claim to its card issuer bank reporting that they have not received a product, the product is deficient, or it does not meet the expected characteristics. The buyer also can disclaim the purchase of their credit card invoice.
The reasons for starting a dispute process may vary, some of them are:

  • Fraud: disputes are classified as fraud when an unauthorized person makes purchases with a credit card. These type of dispute can happen if the card was lost or stolen.
  • Not acknowledging payment: the brand or shop name which appears in the credit card statement is not recognized by the cardholder.
  • Product not delivered: the cardholder states that they don’t received the product or service covered by the charges made to the credit card.
  • Product not acceptable: the cardholder claims not to have received the product or service under the expected conditions.
  • Duplicate: the cardholder indicates that the charge made for the purchase of a product or service was applied more than once to his credit card.
  • Amount does not match: the charge to the credit card does not match with the value of the purchase.
  • Not reported by the entity: the bank or processing network initiates a dispute process without a specific reason.

How does the disputes process works in PayU?

The disputes process follows a simple flow:

1. Dispute notification

When a bank notifies PayU about a dispute, both you and your customer receives an email notifying the start of the dispute process.

We also send a POST with all the information of the dispute to the URL you set in your PayU module. This way, you can automate your dispute management processes to minimize the risk of a possible chargeback.

You can configure the URL where we make the notification in the PayU module. Log in to PayU.com and click the login option located at the top of the page. Alternatively, you can log in to https://merchants.payulatam.com/.

Click Settings and then select Technical configuration.


In this window, go to Disputes tab and define the dispute notification url and enable the notification box in the Automatic notification URL field.


Once you configured this, you automatically receive a POST with all the information of the started dispute process. Furthermore, You also receive a notification POST each time the dispute process has an update, so you can be aware of the progress and completion of this process.

2. Queries through the Administrative module

You can view and manage your dispute processes from your PayU module, in the Dispute option inside the Transactions menu.


3. Provide evidence

It’s important to always respond a dispute by providing evidence before the deadline stipulated by the bank. After the deadline date, you cannot upload the corresponding evidence for a dispute.

To upload evidence that help us to handle the difference with the bank or the processing network, click the dispute to display the details of the process. Click Upload evidence and select the files you think can be useful to process the dispute and click Save.

What information can be useful?

  • Full information of your customer (full name, identification number, email, shipping address, visible credit card number, etc.)
  • Proof of delivery of the product or service signed by the cardholder.
  • Bill of sale of the product or service.
  • Acceptance letter of the payment signed by the cardholder attaching their identification document.
  • Cancellation and refund policy.
  • Acceptance of terms and conditions.
  • Transactional history of your customer (if any).
  • Other supports that validate the purchase.

Maximum days to provide evidence

Recall that the maximum days to provide evidence for each country are:

Country Days to provide evidences
Argentina 5 working days
Brazil 5 working days
Chile 5 working days
Colombia 2 working days
Mexico 5 calendar days
Panama 8 working days
Peru 2 working days

5. Final decision on dispute status.

Once the evidence is provided, we send the documents to the issuing bank or the network that processed the transaction, which oversees the resolution of the case. The result of dispute can be: won (without chargeback), lost (chargeback) or refund. In the case of refunds, the shop makes the return to the buyer and the bank does not create the chargeback.

When the bank announces the dispute’s outcome, the case is automatically updated in the administrative module and PayU sends a POST to the configured URL with information of the final result.

Dispute states

When a dispute is reported, a dispute entity for the associated transaction is created. The dispute status changes according to the step where the dispute is within the course of the process.

State Description
Notified When the dispute process begins, you must upload the evidence for the dispute.
In review When the shop provides evidence for a dispute through the PayU module and the dispute is reviewed by the bank.
Lost The transaction is reversed from the virtual shopping account and may incur in a chargeback management cost.
Won The dispute process is resolved in favor of the shop, there are no deductions of any kind.
Refunded This process occurs when the shop authorizes to reverse the operation in self-determination, this prevents the shop from having to pay a chargeback transaction and it is replaced by a refund. To resolve a dispute as refund you have to request it to disputas@payu.com
Last modified July 19, 2021: Changes in Payment Methods (b96a599)