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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:

General information about File declarations in intra-Community trade statistics are available in chapter 6 File declaration for intra-Community trade statistics

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

Codes for File declarations in intra-Community trade statistics

Deadlines for submitting declarations

Before you can start transmitting declarations in the form of INSTAT/XML-files, you will be requested to send us a test file of data with a practical background for the actually, or the previous year. Please label the test file as "XGTEST". The relevant test file 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 4524 for any further questions.