Intra-Community Trade Declaration System / Help with online declaration

  1. 1 IDEV intra-Community trade declaration system
    1. 1.1 IDEV system requirements
    2. 1.2 IDEV Login
    3. 1.3 Registering for the IDEV online declaration of intra-Community trade data
    4. 1.4 IDEV main menu options (User Interface)
    5. 1.5 First steps after logging
    6. 1.6 Protection of data
  2. 2 General information about intra-Community trade
    1. 2.1 Current news
    2. 2.2 Aids and useful documents
    3. 2.3 Changes to foreign trade statistics from 2022
  3. 3 Form declaration for intra-Community trade statistics
    1. 3.1 CSV imports
  4. 4 Form declaration by third parties for intra-Community trade statistics
  5. 5 Correction of intra-Community trade statistics
    1. 5.1 Correction form
    2. 5.2 Replace or cancel of a File declaration via the Report history
    3. 5.3 Correcting of a Form declaration via the Report history
  6. 6 File declaration for intra-Community trade statistics
    1. 6.1 File declarations in INSTAT/XML format
    2. 6.2 eSTATISTIK.core file declaration
    3. 6.3 Deadlines
  7. 7 The IDES Intra-Community Trade Data Capture Software
  8. 8 Index (IDEV intra-Community trade declaration system)
    1. A
    2. B-C
    3. D
    4. E
    5. F-G
    6. H-J
    7. K-L
    8. M
    9. N-O
    10. P-Q
    11. R
    12. S
    13. T
    14. U-V
    15. W-X
  9. 9 Application for simplified reporting
  10. 10 Frequently Asked Questions and answers regarding the collection of intra-Community trade data
    1. 10.1 Principles of the obligation to provide information
    2. 10.2 Questions regarding the obligation to provide information about intra-Community trade
    3. 10.3 Questions about the transmission of intra-Community trade data
    4. 10.4 Questions about replacement of file declaration in ASCII format
  11. 11 Contacts for information on foreign trade


United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (Great Britain) left the European Union (at midnight) on 31 January 2020 ("Brexit"). From an EU perspective, it has been regarded as a third country from the next day onwards. As far as intra-Community trade statistics are concerned, the obligation to submit data to the Federal Statistical Office on all movements of goods to or from the United Kingdom continues during a transitional period until the reference month of December 2020 (data transmission until 15 January 2021).

The following applies to the reference year 2021:

Based on the state of actual knowledge, customs declarations including the country code "GB" will have to be be submitted for movements of goods to or from Great Britain (i.e. United Kingdom excl. Northern Ireland). As the Federal Statistical Office receives the relevant customs data for compiling foreign trade statistics, (further) intra-Community trade declarations must not be additionally submitted for these movements of goods.

In this context, Northern Ireland will still be treated as being part of the EU. This means that no customs declarations have to be compiled for the movements of goods concerned. - To provide the information needed for foreign trade statistics, however, the trade in goods with Northern Ireland must still be declared, using the country code "XI", for the purpose of intra-Community trade statistics.

For this reason, keep abreast of the latest reports in the media and the information provided on the websites of the customs administration  and the Federal Statistical Office (only in the German language).



Update is an English term used to describe the result of updating or renewing, for example software.



A file is uploaded, for example, for the purpose of online transmission.


User identification

You need a user identification to log in to IDEV (begins with w3s). For more information to the user identification please see Chapter 1.3


VAT identification number

Businesses which intend to participate in intra-Community trade operations, that is to deliver or acquire goods within the European Union territory, require what is called a VAT identification number (USt-IdNr.). The identification number consists of a country code and a combination of letters and numbers including up to 12 characters.

More information on this isse is provided by the Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (Federal Central Tax Office) on the internet at

From January 1, 2022, it is mandatory to provide the Value Added Tax Identification Number (VAT ID) of the trading partner in the direction of dispatch!

Enter the Value Added Tax Identification Number (VAT ID) of the trading partner in the Member State of destination.

In the case of an intra-Community triangular transaction (the German company is the first supplier), the VAT ID of the consignee of the commodity in the country of destination must be entered (recording of the physical movement of goods). If this is not known, the country code of the country of the invoice recipient must be entered in combination with a fictitious series of twelve times the digit "9" (e.g. FR999999999999).

For this reason the VAT ID differs from the code of the Member State of destination.


More information about the Value Added Tax Identification Number you will find in the documentation "Explanations to changes to reporting obligations for ITGS from 2022".  

Explanations of the structure of the VAT ID number are available in the documentation on the structure of the sales tax identification number in the EU member states.

VAT number from the advance turnover tax return

The VAT number is the number which the party responsible for providing information/declaring third party indicates in his or her advance turnover tax return.

The number of digits of a VAT number differs between the German Länder:

10 digits in

Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Schleswig-Holstein,

11 digits in

Bavaria, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia.

When in doubt, please contact us by telephone +49 611 75 4524 or e-mail to idev-intrahandel(at)