Intra-Community Trade Declaration System / Help with online declaration

6.2 File declarations in INSTAT/XML format

If you can create the relevant data from your resource planning system and want to transmit them in XML format, the XML-based file format (INSTAT/XML) are available for transmitting your intra-Community trade data.

INSTAT/XML is an XML-based message, developed at the European level, for transmitting raw data for the purposes of intra-Community trade statistics. It was developed by a working group of the European Committee for Standardization. XSD schema files are available for download in the form of a packed file.

The current INSTAT/XML data record description, general information and codes are provided for download in the following documents:

Documentation for the implementation of INSTAT/XML messages (only in the German language)

General information about File declarations in intra-Community trade statistics (only in the German language)

Codes for File declarations in intra-Community trade statistics

Download the Deadlines for submitting declarations (only in the German language)

Before you can start transmitting declarations in the form of INSTAT/XML-files, you will be requested to send us test file/s of data with a practical background and please label the test files as "XGTEST". The relevant test file/s you have to send by using the option "File declaration for intra-Community trade statistics" at our homepage after you have login with IDEV -User ID and -Password.

Please note, that material numbers which already used to declare files in an other file-form, may not be used to identify files in the format INSTAT/XML.


Other XML files created by means of other programs (for example Excel) do not correspond to the accepted INSTAT/XML format and, consequently, cannot be processed.

Please phone us on +49 611 75 3390 and -2951 for any further questions.