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Open an E-commerce Business in Luxembourg

Open an E-commerce Business in Luxembourg

Updated on Monday 30th October 2017

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Open-an-e-commerce-company-in-LuxembourgLuxembourg has one of the most reliable internet connections in Europe which makes it very easy for those interested to set up a business to create it online. Furthermore, e-commerce is very well regulated in Luxembourg and both small and larger shops can be established here.

Foreign enterprisers who want to create e-commerce companies in Luxembourg will benefit from the same regulations applied to local entrepreneurs. Our lawyers in Luxembourg can assist in choosing the right type of structure for creating an e-commerce business.

Legislation applicable in the e-commerce field in Luxembourg

There are two main laws which govern the establishment of e-commerce companies in Luxembourg. These are the Civil Code and the EU Directive 97/7/EC related to the sale of goods and services online. These laws are completed by the Company Law which provides for the incorporation of a business form which will give the online company the right to carry out commercial activities and by the Penal Code which provides for the penalties imposed to retailers failing to comply with the laws mentioned before.

Our law firm in Luxembourg can offer detailed information on the laws applicable to e-commerce companies operating in the Grand Duchy.

Registration of an e-commerce platform in Luxembourg

An e-commerce business can take the form of a limited liability company or even of a sole proprietorship, which means the company registration procedure with the Luxembourg authorities is compulsory. Following that, the platform for selling online goods or services can be created. This implies buying a domain name and creating a website.

The Luxembourg legislation on e-commerce provides for two types of businesses:

  • -          partial e-commerce, also known as offline e-commerce which implies for an order to be placed online and the delivery to be made by courier;
  • -          pure e-commerce, also known as online e-commerce which implies for the order and the delivery to have an electronic character.

The VAT applied to e-commerce companies in Luxembourg is 17%, one of the lowest rates in Europe.

Our Luxembourg lawyers can provide assistance in setting up one of the two types of e-commerce platforms. Please feel free to contact us if you want to open an online business in Luxembourg.

 

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