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SIS and Miscellaneous Invoicing. ICHUG3. Not like Passenger and Cargo. Invoice standards are defined (RAM Chapter A9) Tickets all have the same data in the same formats They have a very limited amount of data They are now mostly electronic anyway

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not like passenger and cargo
Not like Passenger and Cargo
  • Invoice standards are defined (RAM Chapter A9)
  • Tickets all have the same data in the same formats
  • They have a very limited amount of data
  • They are now mostly electronic anyway
  • The majority of Passenger items on invoices are tickets
    • Rejects and other debits/credits form around 25% of the total
  • Cargo has Air Waybills, which have a limited amount of data
  • Most prime billings are not accompanied by documents
  • E-AWBs are coming
  • Both have an electronic data standard as an option
  • VAT does not usually apply

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on the miscellaneous side
On the Miscellaneous side
  • There are virtually no standards for invoices
  • Most invoices have attachments (perhaps 60% or more)
  • Some of those attachments can be very large (100+ pages is not uncommon)
  • Some of them are physical paper (as opposed to printouts from your systems), e.g. meal vouchers
  • Some have to carry a signature (e.g. cash payment receipts)
  • VAT frequently applies
  • We have a lot to do!

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how much
How much?
  • About 350,000 Misc invoices per year
  • An unknown number of supporting documents – maybe 3m or more
  • Some are also supplied on CD or as soft copies, or available as downloads, but no standards apply
  • Almost none are processable automatically by financial systems
  • That means lots of manual effort to get the information into systems and pass the item to the person who needs to review it

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e data vs e presentation
E-data vs e-presentation
  • Electronic data can be read by a financial system, and interpreted
    • This is the ideal
  • Electronic presentation enables the invoice to be viewed in a paperless environment (e.g. pdf document), but does not allow automated processing
  • The desired hierarchy is:
    • Highest level - E-invoice + e-Support
    • Middle level - E-invoice + e-presentation support
    • Lowest level - E-presentation throughout

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automatic processing
Automatic processing
  • Automated WorkflowThe billed carrier needs to be able to send the electronic invoice automatically to the right department/team/individual for checking or approval
  • Automated PostingThe billed carriers needs to be able to post the invoice automatically to the correct cost centre & cost accountAt least to the right suspense account
  • Automated Reconciliation (invoice checking)Depending on their internal systems’ sophistication the billed carrier needs to be able to automatically reconcile (check) the invoices in their system – without human intervention

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automatic processing7
Automatic processing
  • These three goals can be achieved by including:
    • Charge Category (invoice level) – e.g. GroundHandling
    • Charge Code (line item level) – e.g. Catering, Baggage
    • Data elements (Invoice or line item level) – e.g. Location code of service delivery
  • Not all of this is achievable immediately

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structure
Structure
  • IDEC is similar to an e-Invoice with e-Support
  • IDEC is a billing file, not an invoice
    • Contains limited required data (not 14 elements)
    • Needs to be supported by a paper original
  • IDEC is not for us – fixed record lengths are suited to consistent data, such as tickets, and air waybills
  • Miscellaneous invoices are too variable
  • Miscellaneous invoicing will be based on the IATA Aviation Invoice Standard
  • XML format, not flat file
    • Enables variable record lengths
    • Does not require empty field transmission
    • Is ‘eXtensible’ – can be developed flexibly to meet future needs

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what is xml
What is XML?
  • XML is a mark-up language, much like HTML
  • XML was designed to carry and store data, not to display data
    • Opening an XML file in a web browser will display the data as a text file
  • XML tags are not pre-defined. We have to define these so that everyone uses the same tags
  • A style sheet (CSS or XSLT) converts the data into a formatted display

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>

  • -<InvoiceTransmission xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://www.IATA.com/IATAAviationInvoiceStandard" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.IATA.com/IATAAviationInvoiceStandard C:\DOCUME~1\RossandJ\MYDOCU~1\Projects\InvoiceWorks_Platform\Implementations\IATA\Interlining-ICH\200711~1\Example\IATA_Aviation_Invoice_Standard_V1.0.0.xsd">
  • -<TransmissionHeader>
  • <TransmissionDateTime>2007-10-25T09:40:43</TransmissionDateTime>
  • <Version>IATA:AviationInvoiceV1.0.0</Version>
  • </TransmissionHeader>
  • -<Invoice>
  • -<InvoiceHeader>
  • <InvoiceNumber>123456789</InvoiceNumber>
  • <InvoiceDate>2007-10-13</InvoiceDate>
  • <InvoiceType>Invoice</InvoiceType>
  • <LocationCode>ABC</LocationCode>
  • <LocationName>ABC AIRPORT</LocationName>
  • <ChargeCategory>Aircraft</ChargeCategory>
  • -<SellerOrganization>
  • <OrganizationID>DUNSABC</OrganizationID>

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readability
Readability
  • A computer system can read and act on the XML data
  • People need an ‘interpreter’ (in the form of a style sheet) to display the information in the appropriate format
  • SIS will include an interpreter that displays the data in a standard invoice format, suitable for printing
  • Airlines that wish to work from the paper formats will be able to print the invoices and supporting data
  • This is will be done by the IS-Web, using a standard developed by the SIS e-Invoicing WG
  • the E-Invoicing WG is prioritising the current Invoice Types and based on this they will define the structure as well as suggest the level of implementation

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impact
Impact
  • Output of invoices will need to be in XML, or data will need to be manually loaded to the IS-Web
  • Supporting documents need to be data files
    • High volume files will have to be structured
    • Low volume files may be pdf
  • Documents that are not output from a system will need to be scanned
    • Workflow implications need to be considered

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governance
Governance

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ram chapter a13
RAM chapter A13
  • Covers billings and rejections of Miscellaneous items
  • Was apparently written by Passenger accountants
  • Is not being applied properly, or is out of date
  • Revenue Accounting WG has proposed that responsibility be transferred to ICH
  • Wordings are now being updated by the SIS e-Invoicing WG
  • Standard invoice base will be the IATA Aviation Invoice Standard
  • The changes are expected to be incorporated as part of the 2010 RAM
  • Will include the display/print standards for e-Invoices

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standards development
Standards development
  • The e-Invoicing WG will be responsible for agreeing additions or changes to the charge categories/codes, and for the display/print structure of the e-Invoice
  • Responsible for the data dictionary and standards documentation
  • Will incorporate the IDEC standards into the XML format, so that IDEC files can be displayed/printed in the same way as Miscellaneous invoices
  • Will develop e-supporting standards for high-volume/high hassle documents (BSP billings, GDS billings, ATC billings, etc)
    • In discussion with the originators
  • Will suggest or develop improved processes for problem transactions (e.g. passenger expenses, baggage)

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reference documentation
Reference documentation
  • No finalised SIS standards yet
  • The Aviation Invoice Standard can be found at: http://www.iata.org/workgroups/airport-invoice-standards.htm
    • WARNING: this is not yet compliant with ICH settlement and is still being developed, but it provides useful background
  • SIS website will have new documentation as it is produced

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thank you
Thank you.

Email:

sis@iata.org

SIS Website:

www.iata.org/whatwedo/finance/clearing/sis/index.htm

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