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English definition of “pro forma invoice”

pro forma invoice

noun [C] (also proforma invoice)     (also pro forma) ACCOUNTING, COMMERCE
an invoice, usually one sent to a new customer, asking for payment before goods or services are supplied: To ensure a swift delivery, please complete the details below and pass this pro forma invoice on to your Accounts Department.
an invoice sent to a possible customer to give an example of prices charged: Large organisations may request a proforma invoice purely for their internal purchasing approval process.
(Definition of pro forma invoice noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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