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E-invoicing in Belgium

If you do business with Belgian government services you might already be required to use e-invoicing. Soon, e-invoicing between companies in Belgium will also become mandatory.

Discover below what the options are for sending e-invoices and get started in a few easy steps.

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E-invoicing requirements in Belgium

Legal obligations

In order to reduce the VAT gap, the Federal Council of Ministers in Belgium has approved a law that mandates electronic invoicing between companies, as of 01/01/2026.

For B2G, e-invoicing is mandatory for all transactions on all levels as of 01/03/2024.

Options for sending e-invoices to Belgium

There are several ways to send an e-invoice to Belgian government institutions or to a private company. Choose your option below.

How to send e-invoices to Belgium

If you want to send invoices via Peppol you only have to register on an official Peppol Access Point.

Follow the steps below to register on the Billit Access Point and send your first invoice.

Step 1

Create a Billit account

  • Create your free trial account using the button below.
  • Enter your company information in the 'My company' tab.
  • Through the menu item 'My Profile' you can further complete your company details.
Billit - Create Account
Step 2

Create a customer

  • Click on 'Customers' in the menu on the left and click the '+add' button
  • Fill in your customer's details
  • In the section 'invoicing address' set the country to 'Belgium'
  • Fill in the VAT number (BExxxxxxxxxx) or enterprise number (xxxxxxxxxx) for this company. VAT-numbers for Belgian companies and government organisations can be found on this website or in the CBE-database. When you fill in the name or the first digits of an enterprise number, Billit will autocomplete the data with information from the CBE database.
Billit - Dashboard
Step 3

Create & send invoice

  • Go to the income tab to create your first invoice and click the '+Add' button
  • In the customer field, select the customer you've just created
  • When sending invoices to public entities you need to fill in an PO number on your invoice. Ask the public institution you are billing for the correct PO-number
  • Fill in the rest of your invoice and click 'create invoice' to finalize
  • Click the 'Send' button to see all sending options
  • Billit will automatically recognize if your customer is connected to Peppol. Click the green 'Send via Peppol' button to send your invoice
Billit - Create Invoice

Why use Peppol?

Peppol is a secure and closed network with many advantages:


Safely exchange sensitive financial data

The identity of everyone affiliated with the network is verified, so you can be sure that your recipient's invoices are genuine, and avoid invoice fraud.


Automate your invoicing process

The invoices you send through the network are completely digital, so you can process them automatically in your invoicing software.


Avoid retyping data

E-invoices in the UBL standard are automatically read correctly. This prevents human error during processing.


Gain more financial insight

Linking to your bank account means that outgoing and incoming invoices are automatically matched and you get a better overview of your company's financial situation.


Send invoices quickly

Peppol is fast: your recipient will receive your invoice within 10 minutes of sending it. Combined with automatic processing, this will save a lot of time.

What is Peppol?

Peppol is an open network for securely sending and receiving business documents such as invoices. It is designed to simplify the purchase-to-pay process between governments and suppliers. Peppol was developed by the European commission but is on its way to become a global standard.

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Which identifiers are being used in Belgium?

There are many kinds of identifiers for sending invoices via Peppol. Find out the difference between each option below.

Type Description Example
Enterprise number A 10-digit enterprise number for companies. It works as a unique ID and allows other entrepreneurs to safely look up information about companies they do business with. You are required to mention this ID on all of your invoices. 1234 567 890
VAT (indentification) number or VAT-id number A unique identification number for entrepreneurs liable to VAT. It should be included on each invoice to customers. A Belgian VAT number starts with BE, followed by 10 digits. BE 1234 567 890
GLN Stands for Global Location Number. It is used by companies to identify their locations, such as legal entities, functions and physical or digital locations. You can request a GLN number with GS1. 5488888010598
DUNS D-U-N-S stands for Data Universal Numbering System and is a 9-digit code to identify a company or business entity. It is a unique number worldwide. 123456789
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