When a buyer asks for a quotation the seller should always provide a pro_forma invoice. A pro_forma invoice is an invoice sent in advance of the commercial invoice, which is the final bill that the buyer agrees to pay. Some of the advantages of pro_forma invoice to the importer include to show to his government for foreign currency allocation, opening letters of credit and most importantly, to have a detailed information on the transaction that can help him plan. An accurate and professionally submitted pro forma_invoice can help buyers to make a decision and agree to the quotation.
Invoice example With GST & PST An invoice not only shows the customer or client how much money is due but provides tax information, in some countries multiple taxes may apply, for example in Canada it is required to put the Supplier's identification numbers for GST and QST taxes purposes. Whenever a taxable sale is made, the customer must be informed that GST and QST are added to the selling price. As there are no standard invoices required by law for this purpose, you must indicate the amount of the taxes on the cash register receipt; on the invoice or contract remitted to the customer. If you choose to indicate the GST and the QST, the amounts must be stated clearly.The European Union requires a VAT (value added tax) identification number on invoices between entities registered for VAT.
The decision was made to automate the invoice processing; to streamline the department and ultimately to be benchmarked as an exemplary AP process. The search began to find a solution that could meet their needs: integrate tightly with their ERP solution, be sufficiently flexible to mirror their processes and be easy for the AP team to use. "We chose to go with our final supplier because we felt they took the time to really investigate our process, work with us to design the most efficient system and were able to prove the seamless integration with our ERP system and had a very effective workflow solution."