Meet your German customer’s request – electronic invoices attached to e-mails

You are not located in Germany, but you have German customers? And they would like to receive invoice per e-mail in the XRechnung standard using the Cross Industry Invoice (UN/CEFACT) syntax (that is also the basis for the ZUGFeRD profiles)?

In this blog post we would like to show you how to fulfil all these specific customer needs!


In Germany, you can use different ways to send electronic invoices that comply with the European standard CEN/EN 16931.

The most commonly known way is probably that the invoice is sent to the customer in the form of an XML file via the Peppol Network. For this transmission, SAP offers the Peppol Exchange service for the cloud edition of SAP Document and Reporting Compliance.

However, there is a second way. You can also attach the invoice in form of a simple XML file or a PDF/A-3 file to an e-mail and send it to the customer. This scenario is also supported by the Peppol Exchange service. If you are wondering how it works, we have summarized the main points in the video.

The documentation in SAP S/4HANA® and SAP ERP shows you the detailed steps how to implement and use this feature.

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