The German ZUGFeRD Format for electronic Invoices (ZUGFeRD: acronym for Central User Guide of the Forum electronic invoice Germany) is a specification for the same format electronic invoices. The format was developed electronic invoice Germany in cooperation with associations, government departments and companies from the Forum.

FeRD’s vision for the data format

In future, it should be just as easy to send and receive electronic invoices as paper invoices. Everyone involved should be able to exchange electronic invoices without prior consultation or agreement.

Business process optimisation by using structured data

  • To enable the invoice recipient to exercise this option, the sender should include structured data even if they are not used by the sender itself.
  • Software manufacturers should support all defined data fields as structured data.
  • The invoice recipient may elect the option to optimise its business process by using structured data.