30 June 2014
- 840 million electronic invoices were processed in Europe during 2013, according to EESPA survey
- Most part of the invoices were processed by providers associated to the European E-Invoicing Service Providers Association (EESPA)
- SERES, part of La Poste Group, is member of the Executive Committee of EESPA
840 million electronic invoices were processed and delivered to invoice receivers in 2013 by members of the European E-Invoicing Service Providers Association (EESPA), based on a set of survey results completed in June 2014. This represented a significant growth of 19 per cent over 2012 volumes of 706 million.
EESPA commissioned this first annual survey among its members as part of a continuing commitment to supporting the rapid market growth of e-invoicing. The survey was carried out through a trusted third party on the basis of actual transaction volumes, collected on a confidential basis from individual EESPA members for the calendar years 2012 and 2013. The majority of invoices processed were B2B or B2G (Business-to-Business or Business-to-Government) invoices (603 million invoices in total in 2013), although the EESPA membership also has a significant involvement in the delivery of B2C (Business-to-Consumer) invoices (237 million invoices in total in 2013).
EESPA members were asked to report the volume (i.e. number of items) of all e-invoices delivered by them to buyers connected to their network or service, and also volumes delivered to buyers connected to a service provider outside the EESPA community.
The survey also collected information on the volume of invoice transactions exchanged with other service providers on the basis of interoperability agreements, whereby invoices intended for delivery to a receiver on a network other than the one used by the supplier are transferred between cooperating service providers. The B2B/B2G volumes exchanged in this way in 2013 were 140 million (127 million in 2012), representing a faster growth rate than overall market growth. Interestingly B2C invoices exchanged through interoperability grew even more rapidly. The growth of interoperability has prompted EESPA to prepare a Model Interoperability Agreement, which went live in 2012 and is finding increasing adoption among its membership.
According to Alberto Redondo, Marketing Director of SERES, the EESPA has developed in 2012 an interoperability model that is finding a progressive implementation among its members. "The study -says Redondo- confirms the accelerate increase in the adoption of electronic invoicing by the market and in the volume of documents processed." "As service providers -he adds- we can smooth the way for the introduction of the e-invoicing offering our expertise and support to regulatory organizations, providing customers with a comprehensive set of easy to use solutions which include open networks of e-commerce ".
The Marketing Director of SERES highlights the key role of the association members, "we process 75% of e-invoices in Europe, which makes us a key player not only in boosting the e-invoice, but also within the definition of a model that could make true an efficient and profitable automation supply. EESPA partners are also bringing an intangible value: confidence in the billing system. "
EESPA, of wich SERES is part, was formed in 2011 as an international not-for-profit association. It acts as a trade association at a European level for a large and vibrant community of e-invoicing service providers, drawn from organisations that provide network, business outsourcing, financial, technology, and EDI (electronic data interchange) services. It focuses on public policy issues, the creation of an interoperable eco-system and championing the widespread adoption of e-invoicing for the benefit of economic efficiency and growth.