Germany gets ready for e-Invoicing

Germany gets ready for e-Invoicing


Germany is starting to define its system for managing e-Invoicing with its public administrations, in line with European Directive 2014/55.

The first deadline will be November 27, 2018, when ministries, central services and constitutional bodies will be required to receive electronic invoices. Next, and by November 27, 2019, it will be the turn of the remaining public, regional and local institutions. But Germany is going even further. Its public administrations will not only have to be ready to receive e-Invoicing over and above the set amounts, but also invoices for any sum. From November 2020, suppliers will be required to send invoices worth more than € 1000 in electronic format only.

Entry point for receipt of e-Invoicing from suppliers in Germany will be a central portal where suppliers will be required to create user accounts. This way, any supplier with a single user account will be able to send invoices to any public agency. There will be several ways to send the documents:

  • Manual option via web form
  • Uploading the XML files directly to the portal
  • Through WebServices
  • By e-mail or DE-mail (certified email).

Germany currently already uses its own electronic formats, designated XRechnung (XML) and ZUGFeRD (Zentraler User Guide des Forum elektronische Rechnung Deutschland). The XRechnung format is compatible with European standards, but the current 1.0 version of ZUGFeRD is not. So, they’re working on version 2.0 of this format, which will meet the standards set by the CEN (European Committee for Standardization).

ZUGFeRD is a hybrid format, consisting of an A3 PDF with an XML embedded in compliance with the European standard. Germany opted for this hybrid format to be able to give companies of any size the option to use the e-Invoicing format, as it consists of a readable representation and, at the same time, structured data that can be integrated into the recipient ERP.

EDICOM e-Invoicing Platform

EDICOM’s e-Invoicing platform integrates with the company ERP or internal management system and is adapted to the requirements and formats stipulated by German legislation. In addition, thanks to our Public Administration HUB, we guarantee direct connectivity with national or local administrations, removing the complexity of point-to-point connections of each administration with its partners. Get in touch with us to find out how to kick-start your e-Invoicing project in Germany.

With EDICOM you can meet billing and VAT compliance requirements worldwide, as we have knowledge of the models used in different countries around the world. If you are going to roll out your e-billing project, find out how you can benefit by hiring a single e-Invoicing provider to reach any country in the world.

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