Legal payment periods

Payment periods for contracts between companies and for contracts between companies and governments are governed by Dutch law.

Business-to-business (B2B)

  • If you do not stipulate otherwise in the contract, the invoice must be paid within 30 days of the invoice being received.
  • You may set a longer payment period of up to 60 days in the contract.
  • A payment period of over 60 days is only permitted if it can be demonstrated that this is not detrimental to either party.

Companies and governments

The invoice must be paid within 30 days of the invoice being received. You are not at will to deviate from this payment period. Central government uses the General Government Terms and Conditions for Public Service Contracts (ARVODI-2014), the General Government Terms and Conditions for Purchase (ARIV-2014) and the General Government Terms and Conditions for IT Contracts (ARBIT-2014).

When your customer fails to pay

If your customer does not pay your invoice in time or not at all, you are allowed to charge a standard fee for collection costs. You are also allowed to charge statutory interest.

Collection Costs

Collection costs are the costs you incur as a creditor in order to collect a money claim, if your debtor fails to pay this claim of his own accord. The fee is a percentage of the bill. The minimum amount of the fee is € 40. If your debtor is a company (B2B), you will be able to deviate from this in an agreement. Statutory regulations will apply if there is no agreement.

Statutory interest

Statutory interest for commercial transactions applies to deliveries to companies and the government. In case of deliveries to consumers, the statutory interest rate for non-commercial transactions applies. De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) publishes several interest rates, among others the current statutory interest rates.

Demand for payment

Only if your customer is a consumer, you must send them a demand for payment. If your customer is a company, you are not obliged to do so.