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30/01/2013 PROFILE > Service contentieux

Fixed allowance for late payment

In order to combat payment delays in commercial transactions, a new decree (No. 2012-1115 of 2 October 2012) set forth a fixed allowance of 40 euros for collection fees. This measure, effective 1 January 2013, shall be applicable in the event of a payment delay, in addition to late payment penalties, insofar as it is indicated in the general terms and conditions of sale and in invoices (Article L. 411-6 of the Commercial Code). The creditor may also request from the debtor an additional allowance if costs in excess of the 40 euros fixed allowance are justified.