Sending Electronic Documents in Germany

As a customer in Germany, you can send electronic documents either by email (as attached files) or through the PEPPOL eDelivery Network.

Continia Document Output connects you directly to the PEPPOL eDelivery Network, thereby eliminating the need to sign up with any third parties for integration. Once connected, you can start sending electronic documents to your customers in Germany and other countries. To learn more about how to connect to the PEPPOL eDelivery Network, see Setting up the Continia Delivery Network.

To promote the general adoption of PEPPOL, the German authorities mandate that all public authorities must be able to receive electronic documents through the PEPPOL eDelivery Network.

The XRechnung format is being widely adopted by both businesses and public authorities in Germany. Document Output supports this format, and documents can be sent through the PEPPOL eDelivery Network.

ZUGFeRD is another format that has been used in Germany, but this is expected to eventually be replaced by PEPPOL and XRechnung. Currently, Document Output doesn't support ZUGFeRD, but it may be supported in the future.

You can also export and send electronic documents to customers in other countries. Most widespread formats are supported, but not all. For a list of supported formats, see Supported Formats.

See also

Setting up the Continia Delivery Network