Results from the e-catalogue pilot

The pilot on e-catalogue aimed to test the feasibility of exchanging product and service information between Nordic countries using the Peppol Network. The objective was to ensure seamless transmission of data without the need for manual intervention using the standardized Peppol BIS catalogue.

  • 21. June 2023
  • News from Nordic Smart Goverment and Business

And the result?

The pilot successfully demonstrated cross-border transmission on goods and services within the Nordic region. It improved the feasibility of using the Peppol BIS catalogue to include product-level environmental footprint information. This will be crucial for future efforts to streamline reporting process for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) as both sellers and buyers. 
 - The pilot successfully involved three Nordic countries, and the objective is for all Nordic countries to have at least one ERP-system capable of sending and receiving e-catalogues, says Jan Andre Maeroe, Project manager NSG&B.

Enable analysis of environmental footprints

The pilot incorporated features that enabled direct analysis of environmental footprints from the catalogue through additional item properties. 
 - There were piloted links attached to the products, in the catalogue, to connect external database containing comprehensive environmental footprint descriptions. That allowed buyers to download and analyse the relevant information within their own systems, says Jan Andre. 

Standardized labels highlighted specific product characteristics

The pilot encompassed three distinct approaches to describe the environmental footprint, allowing both buyers and sellers to report to relevant authorities in their respective countries. Additionally, various standard labels were incorporated to highlight specific product characteristics. These labels were based on the code list developed by GS1, a globally recognized standards organization. 

VAT guidelines – a welcomed side effect

During the pilot incorrect use of VAT codes and rates was detected within the catalogue transactions. A side effect of the pilot was therefore to create VAT-guideline to assist SMEs and their systems improving the quality of national and cross-border VAT codes and rates within their ERP systems. 
Read the VAT guideline cross border transactions

Want to know more?

If you are interested in finding out more about this pilot, just contact our project manager Jan Andre Maeroe, he is ready to take care of you and your questions:
Read about digital business documents and Product information

We make cross border transactions work

If you are interested in finding out which organizations it possible to send documents across borders in the Nordic region you can find the list here:
Sending e-documents across the Nordic borders