The German Forum on electronic Invoicing (FeRD) has developed a uniform data format called ZUGFeRD which can be used for exchanging invoice data between enterprises, authorities and consumers. The format allows for an exchange of structural invoice data between the issuer and the recipient in a single PDF file without any necessary further steps of reading or processing the data.
The FeRD format has been developed by enterprises from the automotive and software industry, the retail and financial sector as well as public administration.
The format matches the requiremens of international standardisation and can be used for cross-border invoicing, too.
Free download of version 1.0
The final version had been released on 25 June 2014. The current version of 17 October 2014 contains adjustments on the illustration of the invoice total, the example files and an update of the scheme files. The adjustments are outlined in a separate (Corrigendum).