Historically, the lack of interoperability amongst service providers has been blamed for the slow adoption of e-invoicing. Without agreements in place amongst competitive networks, suppliers are forced to double up on network membership fees negating many of the potential benefits. But the tide is turning and today two of the biggest networks in Europe have announced an interoperability arrangement that will hopefully further accelerate the acceptance of e-invoicing as a de facto B2B transaction method.

OB10, the e-invoice network  and Anachron, one of the leading e-Billers in Europe, are the first organisations to use the Model Interoperability Agreement, recently launched by the European e-Invoicing Service Providers’ Association (EESPA), as the basis of a contract to interoperate within the Benelux region.

Commenting on the value of EESPA’s agreement, Gary Benson, VP Corporate Development, said, “As a neutral and comprehensive starting point, the Model Interoperability Agreement makes the contracting process quick and straightforward. In particular, it supports a number of legal frameworks, which are critical to processing fully compliant electronic invoices for our customers.”

Frank Hoekstra, CEO of Anachron, adds: “The Model Interoperability Agreement contributes heavily to the general acceptance of international e-Invoicing among the users, our clients. Providing multiple delivery channels and improving roaming options are key to the development of the global e-Invoicing market and are finally enabled by the standardised contract.”

The agreement between OB10 and Anachron will facilitate the exchange of e-Invoices through both networks