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The use of electronic invoicing increases 30% in Spain, last year

The company specialized in secure electronic exchange of documents and implementation of digital solutions, Seres, has just published a report that offers a complete perspective of the increase generated in our country during the last year in the issuance and receipt of documents.

The “Comparative study of the use of electronic invoicing in Spain» analyzes this circumstance according to the autonomies, the type of companies and the activity sector in the period 2020-2021.

In addition, it allows us to observe how the most active companies and sectors in the use and implementation of electronic invoicing have evolved in recent years. In the 2020-2021 study period, calculating the B2B, B2G and B2C fields, we observe that the total volume of electronic invoices issued in Spain in 2021 amounted to 296,469,689which represents an increase in 28.12% compared to 2020 and 55,738,642 electronic invoices more.

The use of electronic invoicing in 2021 allowed the saving of more than 2,300 million euros in management costs, 23.15% more than the previous year, and avoided the use of paper equivalent to 16,486 pins, which represents environmental savings which has grown by 27.20% compared to 2020, also saving time in working hours equivalent to 617 working years, 19.80% more than the previous year.

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Madrid, Catalonia and Andalusia, top the list

The Madrid’s community tops the list of the most active communities in 2021 in emission volume of electronic invoices with a figure of 36.06% of the total invoices issued in Spain, Catalonia ranks second in the ranking with 31.63% and Andalusia third with 8.58%. The three positions with the lowest data in emission volume are occupied by Ceuta and Melilla with a figure of 0.01%, the Balearic Islands (0.14%) and Extremadura (0.18%), respectively.

Regarding the volume of receipt of electronic invoices, the ranking is repeated: the Community of Madrid heads the list with 26.96% of the total. They are followed by Catalonia (23.12%) and Andalusia (8.93%). On the contrary, Ceuta and Melilla (0.2%), La Rioja (0.25%) and Extremadura (0.38%) are the three communities with the lowest volumes of electronic invoices received in 2020.

By sectors of economic activity

The service sector leads the use of electronic invoicing with 62.75% of the documents issued and 77.63% of those received, representing 56.01% of the issuing companies and 58.83% of the receiving ones. Within this sector, the retail presents the figures with the highest volume with document issuance data of 30.42% and reception data of 18.86%, representing 30.42% and 28.49% of the issuing and receiving companies, respectively.

In second place is the industry, with 36.85% of the documents issued and 21.87% of those received. This sector comprises 42.80% of the issuing companies and 39.87% of the receiving ones. Within the industry, the manufacturing industry presents the highest figures, with data on documents issued of 30.42% and 18.86% received, representing 28.28% and 28.49% of the companies, respectively. In the primary sector it is in last place, representing 0.40% of the documents issued and 0.50% of the documents received. Only 1.19% of the issuing companies and 1.30% of the receiving companies of electronic invoices belong to this sector.

By type and activity of the companies

Regarding the size of the companies, the largest issuers and receivers of electronic invoicing this year have been the small companies with 32.83% of total emissions and 31.03% of receptions. They are followed by the medium-sized company that represents 31.63% of e-invoice issues and 23.90% of receipts. While large companies present a figure of 19.89% of emissions and 13.96% of receptions. The microenterprise, for its part, issues 15.65% of the invoices and stands out for receiving 31.12% of the total.

The companies that most issue their invoices electronically belong to the manufacturing industry, the retail sector, water and energy supply companies, construction and commerce.

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