Peppol eInvoicing in Germany

Germany’s promotion of eInvoicing and the Peppol standard has made domestic, EU, and international trade more efficient. With 32 billion eInvoices exchanged in Germany annually, the network is set to continue its expansion with a proposal to make B2B eInvoicing mandatory in 2025.

Are you a:

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Government agency that interacts with external suppliers?

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Private sector company that has won a government procurement contract?

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B2B business that wants to get ahead of your competitors?

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Software provider that wishes to include Peppol as part of your ERP system?

No matter your business, Tickstar will get you effectively leveraging the Peppol network for your operations in just a few steps.

Benefits of Peppol eInvoicing with Tickstar

With Peppol, one connection allows you to efficiently and securely exchange eDocuments with verified local and international B2G and B2B partners.

As a Peppol infrastructure provider, Tickstar handles setup and maintenance while you enjoy the benefits.

Cost savings –

E-invoicing is estimated to save public sector authorities and private businesses billions per year — up to 66% compared to paper and PDF invoices. A recent study commissioned by IMDA shows that it costs around $8 to process an E-invoice, with the format also helping businesses to avoid the $72 rectification cost that comes from manual entry errors.

Faster invoice payout –

Peppol’s direct secure connection without middlemen allows for faster receival and even the automation of payments, without any of the errors that can come from manual entry of information.

Compliance with EU regulations –

Peppol was built to European
specifications and complies with directive 2014/55/EU on eInvoicing in public
procurement. In addition, Tickstar is at the forefront of all developments,
assuring compliance is ongoing in the face of changing regulations.

User-friendly interface and advanced tools –

Refined over 11 years by Tickstar’s Peppol pioneers, we offer expert tools that eclipse those offered by our competitors. This includes our Peppol Validator, Participant Lookup API and Service Metadata Publisher (SMP), designed to ensure you get the most out of your eInvoicing experience within your own applications!

Direct connection to ERP systems –

If you’re a larger government agency or enterprise, Tickstar’s API connection allows Peppol to be built into your ERP systems. For software vendors, Peppol can be provided as part of your customised software packages to businesses around the world — opening another revenue stream with ease.

Compatible with XRechnung and ZUGFeRD 2.0 –

Peppol can be used to send eInvoices in the XRechnung and ZUGFeRD 2.0 formats along with the Peppol BIS Billing standard in an international context. This means the transfer of electronic documents to any other Peppol participant in the world—through just one connection!

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eInvoicing in Germany

Germany boasts a modern, forward-looking economy and strong business ties to neighbouring Western and Central European countries. It is no surprise that Germany has pushed ahead with ensuring it becomes a leader in digital business practices.

In 2017, national public authorities were mandated to have the capability to receive and process XRechnung invoices. This was the first major push for eInvoicing to become widespread. In 2018, this effort was furthered as the German National IT Planning Council adopted Peppol as the framework to transport eInvoices to public authorities.

In the same year, the Coordination Office for IT standards (KoSIT) became the German Peppol Authority, the 10th worldwide. New regulations in 2020 saw that public contractors would have to use eInvoices during the procurement process with federal authorities. Moving beyond B2G, the German government is now looking at mandating eInvoicing for B2B transactions.

Compatible with the domestic XRechnung and ZUGFeRD 2.0 standards, international businesses connecting to German public sector bodies use Peppol BIS Billing 3.0, the international standard that can be easily customised to comply with specific countries’ laws.

Due to the growth in the Peppol network globally and the benefits it provides, the network is experiencing rapid growth. In 2023 to date, Germany has the highest relative rate of Peppol participant growth in the world.

Who we work with

Tickstar has been at the forefront of Peppol innovation since 2012, ably serving governments and private enterprises throughout the world. In Germany, we work with:

About Tickstar

Tickstar has been a certified Peppol service provider since 2012. Based in Sweden, the company works with governmental bodies, large enterprises, and ERP providers around the world. As the number of Peppol participants within the network continues to grow, so does Tickstar’s footprint, with a reputation as a dependable partner, providing the infrastructure for in-house use or third-party organisations that wish to deliver Peppol services to market.

In 2021, Tickstar was acquired by Xero—a global cloud accounting software platform. Xero saw the strong connection between our purpose and theirs, which is to help businesses thrive through the use of better tools, information and connections. Tickstar has enabled eInvoicing functionality for all Xero customers with an ongoing subscription.

As a proudly European company, we understand the challenges that public sector organisations and private companies face in keeping up with domestic and Europe-wide regulations. By signing up with Tickstar, you can efficiently exchange eInvoices and other electronic documentation with any partner, while staying compliant at all times.

About Peppol

Peppol is a set of standards and technical specifications ensuring the secure and rapid transfer of electronic documents globally. Peppol’s components ensure interoperability of eInvoices and other eProcurement documents, facilitating easier global trade and full compliance with the regulatory requirements and taxation laws of transacting parties’ respective countries. It also significantly cuts down on instances of invoice fraud, as is easily achieved when transacting through email or other unsecured messenger service.

The communication nodes in the network, called Access Points, allow direct connections between verified participants to send and receive standardised documentation, in what is called the Four-corner model. In short, Peppol is a connect once, reach all network.

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Perry Liolios
Business Development Lead APAC
Canberra, Australia