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What is a VDA 4906 Message?

The VDA 4906 is also referenced as VDA invoice message and is used to exchange invoices between suppliers and customers.

VDA 4906 was a VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry or in German “Verband der Automobilindustrie e. V.”) standard and an essential document for electronic invoicing processes in automotive and manufacturing. The new VDA 4938 message has replaced both the legacy VDA 4906 invoice message as well as the VDA 4908 credit note message.

The VDA 4938 format is built on EDIFACT (D.07A Version) and thus is a subset of the EDIFACT INVOIC intended for the automotive processes.


The use of the VDA 4906 Message

 When trading partners communicate via EDI VDA 4906 messages this enables them to automatically exchange invoicing information and to directly align the billings against the representative orders. Thus a VDA 4906 message consists of segments containing billing information for the exchanged materials/services and information about sender and recipient.

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