The US’ Business Payments Coalition has launched a federal B2B electronic invoicing exchange pilot in the second half of 2022. The aim is to launch a full public scheme in 2023 for voluntary adoption. Over 75 international businesses have now joined the pilot as at May 2022 with three waves of rollout.
2022 3-waves of business in pilot
The pilot is testing the exchange of e-invoices between businesses by establishing a secure, open e-invoice delivery framework between providers.
- April to June: The first wave has now started with around 20 businesses connected on the Business Payments Coalition network and sending e-invoices. The focus is on trialing the exchange of e-invoices.
- Jul to Sep: The second wave will develop the launch procedures for new starter.
- Oct to Dec: Complete schema procedures
The data being carried in the OASIS Standard UBL Version 2.3 includes:
- Vendor and their customer details
- Details of supplies
- Shipping data
- Pricing and taxes
- Payment instructions
This aims to promote the B2G and B2B adoption of e-invoicing in the US which is many years behind the rest of the world in this area. It follows a proof-of-concept project for a four-corner network, on a DNS model.
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This US network will enable businesses of all kinds to exchange e-invoices with one another by establishing a secure, open e-invoice delivery framework between providers. The success of the POC demonstrated a path forward for creating an e-invoice exchange framework and marked a significant step towards automating B2B invoice exchange in the United States.
Federated Registry Services Model
A federated registry services model enables authorized (centralized or decentralized) administrators or registrars to register and onboard participants into the e-Invoice exchange framework. Similar to registering a new email address on email systems, onboarding is possible by entering and storing participant’s identification and routing information into any DNS namespace with the Name Authority Pointer (NAPTR) resource record4, enabling a dynamic discovery process through a specialised textual lookup and redirection function.
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