About GS1 XML Invoice 3.0

This asset points to the Business Message Standard (BMS) for Invoices.


What is GS1 XML?

The Electronic Data Interchange - GS1 eCom standards are published as XML schemas, defining the content and structure of messages. The actual message is exchanged between business partners in the form of XML instance documents.


How does it work?

GS1 XML is designed in such a way that the messaging is transport agnostic. GS1 supports reliable and secure messaging via the use of AS1, AS2, AS3, AS4 and ebMS, as well as other transport protocols. It is very simple to exchange GS1 XML documents using any technical solution or profile, such as Web Services.


The GS1 XML messages are developed using the business process modelling methodology. First, the business process is described, including identification of business data that need to be exchanged between the main parties. This information is then mapped to the electronic messages. Thus, the GS1 XML messages are not always equivalent of traditional paper business documents.


GS1 XML Messages

The messages available in the GS1 XML standard cover the following areas of the supply chain:

- Data Synchronisation messages that enable sending information about the trade item attributes and support its automated synchronisation between business partners, using the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN)

- Messages used to order goods and respond to this order;

- Messages used to announce the despatch of goods and confirm their receipt

- Messages requesting payment for the goods sold and informing about the payment being sent

- Messages for planning and execution of transport

- Messages supporting automated replenishment of goods


GS1 XML standards support both Downstream (between the consumer goods manufacturers and retail) and Upstream (between the consumer goods manufacturers and their suppliers of raw material, packaging, etc.) communication.


What are the benefits of using GS1 XML standards?

GS1 XML is fully compliant with UN/CEFACT methodology. The GS1 XML message development is based on the Global Data Dictionary (GDD).

The GS1 Core Components are submitted as an input to UN/CEFACT development. GS1 is actively involved in several efforts within UN/CEFACT, CCTS being only one example.


Though the development of the actual UN/CEFACT XML standard (UN/XML) is still in the early stages, GS1 is participating actively and continues to incorporate the UN/XML standards into the GS1 XML suite. Additionally, the development of GS1 standards is based on the same modelling, design and technical principle as UN/CEFACT.


GS1 develops standards that can serve international business anywhere in the world, but are also extensible to meet specific regional and industry requirements. This approach allows for new industry requirements to be easily added to the existing set of messages and enable new processes without interrupting the installed base. It assures the scalability of GS1 XML solutions.


GS1 XML standards provide solutions for multiple sectors using the same XML business message. This is achieved through context driven extensions applied to general XML schemas.

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