E-Compliance Summary-Germany

Key Mandates, Country Technicality & Terms, Regulation Updates

Key Mandates

April 1, 2018


Mandated invoicing format to receive for federal authorities

April 1, 2018
November 20, 2018


Federal State Invoice Receiving Portals

November 20, 2018
November 27, 2020


Mandated for suppliers that are issuing invoices to the federal states

November 27, 2020

Country Technicality & Terms


B2G: Peppol & Centralized- Suppliers that are issuing invoices to the Federal and Bremen authorities have to issue e-Invoice
B2B: Post Audit-Voluntarily


e-Invoicing Portal: ZRE
Authority: Kosit


e-Invoice: xRechnung (Peppol BIS & CIUS-EN16931)
e-Invoice: Zugferd (PDF attached to xRechnung)

Signature & Submission Method

No signature is required


-10 Years
-Archiving abroad is also available under the rules.


A routing identification number that identifies every public institution in Germany. This ID must be included in the Peppol BIS 3.0 as a routing ID.


This is the first e-invoicing format that has started the exchange in Germany. It consists of PDF and embedded XML electronic invoice format(Xrechnung). It is widely used for B2B transactions since the German authorities do not accept this as a valid format to exchange between public institutions.

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