The action areas of Agro EDI Europe will procurement of the agricultural operation (relations between suppliers and distributors) to the first food processors. This without forgetting relationships with service companies (accounting management centers, testing laboratories, transport companies etc.) rather that exchange technical data (results analysis, accounting, etc..) that trade or logistics data (orders, invoices, delivery notes, etc..).


Millions of messages are sent per year and in the agricultural sector. For example, the InVivo first French cooperative group purchasing, sales and services in the agricultural sector has introduced in autumn 2012 a pilot application of electronic invoicing. Annually, InVivo treats 150,000 supplier invoices and bills of 160,000 customers, 70% of providers and 60% of its customers are non-tax EDI with electronic invoices in addition to paper bills. Following the gradual shift to EDI since 1995, the goal today is to develop an EDI invoice being authoritative on the tax plan and conformity with the paper invoice. A dematerialized invoice cost three to four times cheaper than a paper bill because it leads to financial gains in mail processing and archiving. InVivo is thus within 5 years technical and economic optimization flow electronic invoices for tax 80-90% (Source: Agrodistribution No. 233).


To respond to all these problematic, the use of standards is essential for this sector must interact with other ecosystems (food industry, chemical industry, transportation, European regulations, international trade, etc..).


Standards for national and international dematerialized exchanges are published by a worldwide organization recognized under the aegis of the United Nations: UN / CEFACT (United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) has existed for more than 20 years. The proposed standards are ISO compliant.


Agro EDI Europe Association, in addition to its role in France since 2004, is involved in the development of standards in the UN / CEFACT (United Nations Center For Trade Facilitation And Electronic Business), an intergovernmental organization controlled by the United Nations which aims at simplification of international trade through the use of professional electronic exchanges. In 2005, the Area Development Program "Agriculture", ex TBG 18 is created.


In 2011, the UN / CEFACT has been extensively revised to improve its ability to meet the needs of its stakeholders and accelerate the process to ensure timely deliverables.


This new organization is ensured by working groups or PDA (Area Development Program). PDAs gather experts with a wide range of knowledge in all sectoral areas to formulate, recommend, undertake and follow development projects data exchange. Project teams are composed of experts thus whose main role to develop the UN / CEFACT standards and establish recommendations.


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