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Klarna’s overall dispute process

In this article, you will learn how Klarna handles and resolves disputes and returns.

At Klarna we consider a dispute as to any case where the Customer challenges their liability to pay to you. These cases are categorized into different dispute reasons. In the following we will use dispute to address all of them:

  • Returns - a Customer returns the full or a part of their order. More information about Klarna´s Return Instruction can be found here.
  • Goods not received - a Customer did not receive full or parts of their order
  • Faulty goods - a Customer received an item that is broken, parts of it are missing or deviate significantly from the description. For information about what qualifies as ´Significant deviation´, please see our Merchant Protection Program
  • Incorrect Invoice - a customer claims to have received an invoice that is incorrect, for example, missing discounts or items on the invoice are incorrect
  • Unauthorized purchases - a customer reports they have never made the purchase
  • High-risk orders are not considered to be actual disputes, since these are not raised by our customers. These orders have been identified as potentially high risk, based on Klarna's internal alarm and flagging systems, set in place to protect you from potential fraudulent activities.

Due to the nature of returns there is a separate flow for this dispute type as well as for unauthorized purchases and high risk orders.

Due to the nature of returns there is a separate flow for this dispute type as well as for unauthorized purchases.

When a customer opens a dispute with Klarna, we will automatically pause the invoice and advice the customer to:

  • Return the items in case of returns
  • Reach out to you in case of other dispute reasons (goods not received, faulty goods and incorrect invoice)

Following that, we ask the customer to provide us with the necessary information to raise a dispute.

After the customer reports a dispute to Klarna you have 21 days to resolve the case (Resolution time). Only unauthorized purchases (fraud raised by customers) have a Resolution time of 0 days due to the urgency. If the dispute was not resolved within the Resolution time you will receive a request for more information where you can defend the dispute (see Step 3).
All disputes are visible in the Disputes App (and API) once they have been raised by the customer. See Disputes App in Merchant Portal for more information.

The time period for you and your customer to resolve the dispute before Klarna steps in to support the investigation (Resolution time).

Dispute reasonCalendar days
Goods not received21
Incorrect invoices21
Faulty goods21
Already paid21
Unauthorized purchasesN/A

If you and the customer can not reach a solution on your own within the given Resolution time (21 days), Klarna will step in to investigate. We first will evaluate the information provided by the customer. This will help us determine if a dispute is still valid or if it should be rejected. If the dispute is valid, Klarna’s support team will reach out to you via the Disputes App in Merchant Portal or the Disputes API. 

A dispute request is always sent with a deadline, indicating until when you are able to submit a response for the requested information. The deadline for the first request is 14 days (336 hours) for all dispute reasons, with the exception of Unauthorized Purchases, where the deadline is 7 days (168 hours). For each follow-up request sent to you, you have a deadline of 7 days (168 hours). 

Should you need to add to your response you have 60 minutes from submission to send an additional comment and/ or attachment. 

Once the deadline has passed you will no longer be able to defend the case.

After receiving the necessary information from you, the merchant, Klarna’s support team will make a decision and resolve the dispute. 

  • If the dispute is resolved in favor of the customer, you will receive a chargeback
  • If the dispute is resolved in your favor, the customer’s invoice will be re-activated.

Status and closing reason

The outcome will be communicated to you via the ´Status´ and ´Closing Reason´ visible on the Dispute Detail Page of the Dispute App. On the same page you can locate the date and time when the dispute was resolved.


The status indicates in what way a dispute was closed and informs you about the action that will follow. Klarna either Rejects, Resolves the disputes or performs a Reversal. Further information about the different statuses can be found below:


When a customer has not provided the required evidence to proceed with the dispute it will be rejected. If there is information that is deemed incorrect or missing Klarna will reject the dispute before escalation, meaning Klarna will never start the investigation towards you. 

There are instances where Klarna’s Dispute Resolutions Team needs additional information from the customer following a response from you. If the customer fails to provide it before the deadline, the dispute is also rejected. In the event of a rejection the invoice is reactivated towards the customer and payments will resume.


When the dispute has been closed either due to natural proceedings or in favor of you. 

When a dispute is resolved the invoice is either adjusted by you or reactivated towards the customer and payments will resume.


When the dispute has been closed in favor of the customer and Klarna has performed a Chargeback to you on the order. This happens if you have not been able to effectively defend the dispute or chosen not to defend the dispute (Accept Loss or no response). 

Closing reason

The Closing Reasons are very important. They explain the reasons for the resolution of the closed dispute.

In addition: The Closing Reason determines whether or not  the Dispute fee will be applied after a dispute is closed. Read more about Closing Reasons here.

Klarna has imposed restrictions on when and how many times customers are allowed to dispute and re-dispute an order.

Unauthorized Purchases are excluded.

To prevent users from abusing the dispute option Klarna will allow the customer to raise a maximum of three disputes total per order.

For example - A total of two non-return disputes per order (Goods Not Received, Incorrect Invoice, Faulty Goods) and one Return.

Dispute type1st dispute
Returns180 days (from capture)
Goods not received180 days (from capture)
Incorrect invoice180 days (from capture)
Already paid180 days (from capture)
Faulty goods180 days (from capture)