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for the automotive supply chain

Invoicing & Payment


One of the final documents exchanged in the Buy-Ship-Pay process, the invoice was one of the first to be digitalised thanks to the efforts of OEM finance managers whose accounts payable departments were disappearing under a mountain of paper. It was the digitalisation of the invoice document that led these early pioneers to get together to form the Odette organisation to build on this success.

But why not simply pay for the parts you receive rather than expect the supplier to create an invoice? In fact, several customers in the automotive industry have gone down the road of Self-Billing where they create the Invoice themselves based on what they have received or consumed.

For production parts, the Invoice message is closely related to the Despatch Advice message and like the Despatch Advice is under constant review by Odette and its JAIF partners. Changes to the Despatch Advice message are largely driven by advances in logistics processes, whereas changes to the Invoice message are more often driven by legislation.

The final message in the automotive Buy-Ship-Pay process is the Remittance Advice, which is sent by the customer to the supplier to advise that payment has been made to the supplier’s bank account and finally close the loop. Again, Odette has worked with its JAIF partners to develop a digital Remittance Advice that satisfies the requirements of the global industry.


Joint Automotive Invoice Message

EDI Implementation Guideline


Reference JM06

Version 6.0

Published Dec 2020

Odette Invoice Message

EDI Implementation Guideline


Based on EDIFACT D.03A

Reference OM09

Version 6.2

Published Apr 2014

Odette Remittance Advice Message

EDI Implementation Guideline


Based on EDIFACT D.96A

Reference OM17

Version 3.1

Published Sept 1997

Odette Statement of Account Message

EDI Implementation Guideline


Based on EDIFACT D.96A

Reference OM18

Version 3.1

Published Jun 1997