Intra-Community Trade Declaration System / Help with online declaration

6.1 File declarations in ASCII format

For data protection reasons a replacement of file declarations in the ASCII format is necessary.

New applications for notification in ASCII format will no longer approved!

For users who currently submit their data in ASCII format, we recommend switching to the XML formats approved in intra-Community trade statistics INSTAT/XML and DatML/RAW. Further information about this formats you will get in chapter 6.2 and 6.3 at these help pages.

If is necessary the Data record short description (English language) and the Data record description for ASCII files (only in the German language available) can be requested  by e-mail idev-intrahandel(at)

Please indicate of the material number you already have received from the Federal Statistical Office.