What is UBL?

UBL (Universal Business Language) is the product of an international effort to define a royalty-free library of standard electronic XML business documents, such as purchase orders and invoices.

With this file, it's possible to send invoice data from one accounting package to another. Because of this, senders and receivers can communicate with each other without knowing each other.

An increasing amount of European governments request UBL invoices. But why should you use it?

In this article we'll discuss the following topics:

  1. Summary of UBL benefits
  2. How to make a UBL invoice?
  3. How do you send UBL invoices?
  4. Requesting a Peppol ID
  5. Sending UBL invoices to foreign companies and governments

Summary of UBL benefits

Sending a UBL invoice, therefore, has a number of interesting advantages for both the sender and the recipient:

  • 100% recognition - the invoice data is automatically recognized and is extremely accurate.
  • zero errors - human errors are no longer an issue.
  • No more booking deadlines - the UBL invoice ends up directly in the recipient's bookkeeping.
  • Faster payment - customers pay UBL invoices approximately 16 days faster.
  • Less manpower required - due to the automatic recognition and processing, less manpower is required within the invoicing process.
  • A lot more efficiency - as working with UBL invoice is faster in cheaper.
  • Less costs - you no longer lose any time (and time = money) by manually processing the invoice.

What is UBL invoice and how can you make one?

How to make a UBL invoice?

We've explained the meaning of UBL and why it's better to use it. But how do you create one? Fortunately, most European online accounting packages are ready for this technology development. This allows you to create UBL invoices in your own bookkeeping program.

After you've created the UBL invoice, you can send it to your client as an e-mail attachment. However, for some accounting packages, this function isn't the default setting. Be certain that this option is selected 'on'.  

However, it could be possible that your bookkeeping system does not support the UBL invoice format yet. In that case, we'd recommend you to find an external company that could. We recommend FactuurSturen for Dutch and Belgian companies.

How do you send UBL invoices?

The first option is to send your UBL invoice(s) as an e-mail attachment. But some companies and institutions - especially governmental ones - require a 100% safe delivery. This safety demand eliminates the e-mail method, for which another method is required: the so-called Peppol network.

With Peppol you can safely exchange electronic business documents through the highly secured and safe international network. But before you are able to connect to this network, you need to register at a Peppol Access Point to create a Peppol ID.  

Requesting a Peppol ID

You can request a Peppol ID at a Peppol Access Point.  Once you receive this unique identification number you can send invoices to other businesses and (governmental) institutions connected to this network.

Request Peppol ID

Sending UBL invoices to foreign companies and governments

Do you need to send e-invoices to international companies or public entities? You can use Storecove for safely sending your UBL invoices worldwide.

We convert your invoice format to the format required by the receiver. This makes you able to send e-invoices to companies and governments in many countries, such as:

  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Canada
  • Austria
  • The United States (USA)
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • And many more.

All the invoices are sent via the 100% secure Peppol network.

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More information?

Do you need help with UBL invoices? We are happy to assist. Contact us if you:

  • Need help with the switch to e-invoicing;
  • Need assistance with setting up your account;
  • Want to discuss other e-invoicing matters.

Call us on +31 (0) 20 261 17 91 or send an e-mail to helpdesk@storecove.nl.

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