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Portugal reschedules B2G e-invoicing mandate

Monday 21st January, 2019

Portugal has postponed its mandatory e-invoicing obligations stated under the country’s national e-invoicing Decree law from August 2017.

From 18th April, 2019 - central public administrations will be obliged to receive and process e-invoices. This date has moved from the previous communicated deadline of 1st January, 2019. The new deadline is in line with the requirements of the EU eProcurement Directives.

From 18th April, 2020 - local public administrations will be obliged to receive and process electronic invoices. This gives local administrators an extra year to adhere to the requirement, which is also in line with the terms of the EU eProcurement Directives.

Suppliers of the Public Administration will be obliged to issue e-invoices, within the scope of public contracts from:

  • April 18th 2020, for large companies
  • January 1st 2021, for medium-micro businesses

After these dates suppliers will no longer be allowed to send paper or PDF invoices. Only e-invoices in UBL 2.1, for eSPap, or other EN (European Norm) compatible formats upon agreement with the Public Authority or its service provider will be valid. Suppliers will be connected through the AS2 protocol or via Web Services.

The EU deadline for contracting authorities and entities to comply with Directive 2014/55/EU and to receive and process electronic invoices according to the EN is 18 April 2019.