Government incentives for private sector companies using e-invoicing

The Italian Council of Ministers has approved a legislative decree to promote the use of e-invoicing in the private sphere. As of March 31, all Public Sector agencies and their suppliers must use the so-called FatturaPA in their trading relations. However, this obligation does not affect transactions carried out between companies.

In the B2B area, e-invoicing is governed by Directive 2010/45/ EU, a regulation that does not require widespread implementation on a mandatory basis in the Member States. So, what the new decree proposes is that businesses opting to join this system will obtain certain administrative and financial incentives. It is therefore a voluntary billing regime, which will be up and running as of 1 January 2017. After this date, taxpayers will be able to notify the Tax Authority of all invoices issued and received.


What are the benefits?

In addition to the advantages of using e-invoicing per se, such as cost savings or streamlined procedures, the government is rolling out a series of additional incentives. Those who decide to stop using paper will benefit from simplified administration and accounting, with the exemption, for example, from the need to submit the spesometro (yearly list) and “blacklist” declaration. There will also be improvements in issues regarding VAT returns, which the Administration must implement within less than three months.


B2B2G e-invoice

EDICOM makes the digital leap easier by developing B2B2G e-invoicing projects in the domestic and international scope. As official provider of FatturaPA solutions, we guarantee connection with any public agency in Italy. In addition, our global invoicing platform has connectivity with private partners worldwide. All in one solution adapted to the requirements stipulated by law and which totally automates the process.





EDICOM joins IATA Cargo XML Task Force

EDICOM now forms part of the Cargo XML Task Force organized and run by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The working group brings together airlines, freight forwarders, cargo handlers and I T providers, all of them front runners in their sectors. The aim is to share experiences of e-AWB implementation, assess the progress made and work on new messages with the Cargo XML standard.

The Task Force members include renowned airlines such as Lufthansa, American Airlines, Swiss, Air France, British Airways or Emirates. Other large companies such as Inditex or Kuehne&Nagel are also taking part in the initiative. This working group has laid the foundation for the development, over the years, of Cargo XML messages endorsed by the airfreight industry.

Implementing this standard facilitates the removal of paper from the cargo process and its replacement by electronic messages. The initiative, which IATA has christened e-freight, should help cut down the use of paper by 7800 tons per year worldwide. In addition, this technology minimizes the time spent on transactions, improving security and lessening the likelihood of mistakes being made due to manual management.

Currently, the penetration of e-freight is widely acknowledged, especially in Latin America. In fact, Argentina and Mexico have taken legal measures to promote its use. Even so, the number of customs authorities joining the IATA is gradually rising and now includes Paraguay, Canada, Pakistan, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Bahrain. According to the organization, system rollout in 2015 is expected to reach 45%, rising to 80% in 2016.


EDICOM, Strategic Partner

 EDICOM is a key IATA member in the Cargo XML area, which is why it forms part of the Strategic Partner initiative. Through it and the Task Force, Edicom collaborates closely with this organization, giving recommendations on the most appropriate XML requirements for each message, migration of the former IMP standard to the new format or communications with the different customs agencies.






EDICOM presents Aeroméxico success story at E-Cargo Conference & Workshop

Next Tuesday, June 2, the e-Cargo & Technology Conference kicks off in Geneva, an event organized by IATA and sponsored by EDICOM to discuss the main technological trends in optimizing processes associated with airfreight operations. Special attention will also be given to the new XML-Cargo standard and the potential it offers industry professionals in the electronic exchange of airfreight messages.

On the second day of the event, EDICOM expert André Menezes, along with Aeroméxico, will be explaining how they managed to implement an XML-Cargo solution in the airline with no need to replace the current Cargo-IMP system. This standard, also developed by the IATA, is not as interoperable as XML, more easily assimilated by other air transport-related entities such as customs. So, the sector is gravitating towards this new more flexible and adaptable schema.

In the case of Aeromexico, migration to this technology took place transparently thanks to the EDICOMAir platform. This solution has powerful translation modules that convert the message into the XML-Cargo standard, regardless of the language it was initially in. This is why there is no need to replace the current system, as the two can coexist smoothly.

The EDICOMAir solution is integrated with the EDICOM platform’s legal module, so it is possible to set up communications and integrations with Public Administrations for the submission of air waybills. In addition, it can issue electronic invoicing in line with the legal requirements in place in every country in the world.

The AeroMéxico success story will be presented on June 3 from 14:05. Afterwards, there will be a round table on how to undertake the migration to XML-Cargo, in which EDICOM Customer Services Manager André Menezes is also taking part.

The event will be held at the IATA Conference Centre in Geneva. For the full schedule and other relevant Conference details, you can check out the IATA website or download the program.

EDICOM consolidates leadership in health sector

Administrative management and supply chain coordination are two key aspects for the proper functioning of any company or agency, especially in the healthcare sector. Bear in mind that any error in procedures can place patient security at risk, and even their health. So, information technologies, which enable us to automate the procedures, become vitally important among the different healthcare industry stakeholders.

The implementation of electronic solutions means fluid communication among the different operators, while simplifying procedures and ensuring confidentiality. Something Edicom has seen, over the years, both in public and private sectors. Now, the Health Services of Extremadura (SES) and Castile-La Mancha (SESCAM) are the latest to join this technical paradigm shift spreading throughout the public administration, through Electronic Data Interchange technology.


Extremadura Health Service

In the case of SES, EDICOM experts are developing an EDI station which, in addition to exchanging orders and despatch advices with suppliers, lets you connect with the FACe point of entry for receipt of electronic invoicing. This ambitious project is currently in the technical development stage, with a pilot phase due to start shortly for format and communications trials with the main Health Sector suppliers.


Castile la Mancha Health Service

SESCAM will be starting the initial project trials in June, exchanging electronic messages between the public body and its suppliers. Once the solution is up and running, the health service will be able to exchange orders and shipping notes with its providers, along with a series of logistic messages, such as the RECADV acknowledgment or order confirmation.

SESCAM and SES are not the only public health services that have opted for EDI solutions. Other autonomous communities, such as Andalusia or the Basque Country, have followed suit. Moreover, beyond the public sphere, a host of private companies trust in EDICOM. Among them, laboratories such as Bayer, Abbot or Boehringer, and over half of Spanish pharmacies, which use the Business Mail Pharma platform to help run their daily business. These details highlight EDICOM’s know-how and experience in the healthcare sector.





e-Invoicing to be rolled out in 2016

The head of the National Directorate of Taxes and Customs (DIAN), Santiago Rojas, stated in a recent interview with the El País newspaper that the electronic billing project is now “at a very advanced stage”. This year will see the launch of the first e-invoicing pilot, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank. According to Rojas, the regulation governing the new system will soon be published and the aim is to achieve its widespread use in 2016.

The black economy present in Colombia makes it difficult to accurately calculate the tax evasion rates. Even so, the DIAN considers that, on VAT issues, we could be talking about figures of up to 22%. The aim is to cut this figure by half with the new e-Invoicing System (SIFEL) and the structural tax reform proposed in the National Development Plan.

Widespread use of e-invoicing will also help achieve tighter control of income tax evasion, which currently reaches high levels. In fact, the DIAN has already detected 130,000 people that should have declared income and did not. Now the challenge for the coming years is to reach 300,000 new Colombians currently hiding from the Treasury.

Countries such as Mexico or Chile have already found that e-invoicing is a staunch ally in improving fiscal control and cutting down tax evasion. In Mexico, for example, in the first few months of 2014 the Tax Administration Service collected 34.2% more than in the same period the previous year, due to widespread use of the CFDI. And automatic declaration of transactions to the tax authorities makes avoidance difficult.

However, beyond fiscal control, the rollout of e-invoicing has a number of advantages for the public and private sectors. This technology speeds up procedures and so boosts the productivity of administrative departments. In addition, it cuts economic costs arising from printing, sending and storage.