Cross Industry Invoice Light version (CII Light)


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Bureau Decision #
#2111044, #2206085, #2212017, #2309067, #2402013
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Cross Industry Invoice Light version (CII Light)

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StatusIn development
Submitted date
Draft Development Completion
Publication Date

Project purpose

The current, complete Cross-Industry Invoice (CII) covers all supply chain operations and takes into consideration all potential complexities of any industry. The deliverable also accommodates any mode of transport.  The resulting deliverable is rather large and complex and can deter some companies – notably MSMEs – from picking up the standard.

This project aims to develop a subset of the CII that will be functional for a majority of operations and compatible with regulatory requirements in a majority of countries. This would strip away the industry-specific elements and produce a generic invoice that could be used as a basis for international trade operations. It is hoped that this lighter subset would be easier for organizations to implement and exchange with others. It would be suggested that any extensions to cover industry-specific elements either use directly the complete CII or they make extensions solely based on the CII.

Project scope

This project aims to develop a subset of the CII as a generic invoice that would be used as a simplified basis for international trade operations.It is expected that this subset will also make subsets of the related code lists.

It is expected that there will be no additions to the CII as a result of this project; the objective is to make a subset of the existing CII. The resulting artefacts will be based on the existing CII BRS.

Based on this work, further “light” versions of the other cross industry family of deliverables may be proposed as future projects.

Project Deliverables

Deliverable 1: Technical artefacts of a CII Light

Deliverable 2: Training material on the implementation of the CII

Exit Criteria

The exit criteria will be:

Exit Criteria for Deliv. 1:

Technical artefacts ready for publication

Exit Criteria for Deliv. 2:

Training material ready for publication

Project Team Membership and Required Functional Expertise

Membership is open to UN/CEFACT experts with broad knowledge in the area of:

  • Supply chain management, finance, invoicing

In addition, Heads of Delegations may invite technical experts from their constituency to participate in the work. Experts are expected to contribute to the work based solely on their expertise and to comply with the UN/CEFACT Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Geographical Focus

The geographical focus is global.

Initial Contributions

The following contributions are submitted as part of this proposal. It is understood that these contributions are only for consideration by the Project Team and that other participants may submit additional contributions in order to ensure that as much information as possible is obtained from those with expertise and a  material interest in the project. It is also understood that the Project Team may choose to adopt one or more of these contributions “as is”.

  • CII BRS version 2.0.6
  • CI family of deliverables

Resource Requirements

Participants in the project shall provide resources for their own participation. The existence and functioning of the project shall not require any additional resources from the UNECE secretariat.

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