Payment Terms Legislation In Spain

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Please scroll down for a summary of payment terms in Spain and the various industries across which payment term legislation appears.

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Industries Laws Codes Notes Interest Rate


Act 15/2010 on measures to combat late payments in commercial transactions enacts the EU Late Payments Directive (see European Union for details). Additionally a strict maximum term of 60 days applies.

Law 7/1996 on the Regulation of Retail Trade sets a maximum term of 30 days for fresh and perishable food products and 60 days for other goods, except where the parties have explicitly agreed otherwise. If longer terms are agreed the supplier must be financially compensated for the extension, and under no circumstances may the payment be deferred for more than 90 days. Law 16/2021, of December 14, enacts the remaining provisions of the EU UTP directive and applies to all commercial arrangements where the price of goods is more than 2,500 euros. (see European Union for details).


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

Interest Rate

Article 7 of law 3/2004 applies default penalty interest rate at the European Central Bank refinancing rate, set every six months, plus 8%.

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