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Please see below for a summary of payment terms in Netherlands and the various industries across which payment term legislation appears. You can also download a summary of all Dutch payment terms by clicking the button below.

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Law of 13 December 2012 amending Book 6 of the Civil Code, specifically article 119a, enacts the EU Late Payment Directive (see European Union for details). Additionally, larger companies cannot apply a term of more than 60 days to small suppliers strictly. Any such term is annulled and 30 days automatically applied. In early 2021 the Dutch Cabinet shortened the maximum payment term for SMEs from 60 to 30 days, however this has not come into force yet through the Civil Code.

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The law of 23 March 2021 – Agricultural and Food Supply Chain Unfair Trade Practices Act enacts the EU UTP in the supply chain directive in the Netherlands (see European Union for details).

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Betaalme is a not-for-profit initiative that aims to support SME access to reasonably-priced liquidity and promote payment terms to SMEs of 30 days.


An amendment to the late payment law is being drafted which will change the strict maximum term for SMEs to 30 days.

See European Union for the Directive on Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain which was adopted on 30 April 2019.

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