Intra-Community Trade Declaration System / Help with online declaration



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Internet Explorer from Version 11

Mozilla Firefox from Version 24


The operation of other browsers is limited. The current browser versions can be downloaded free of charge from the internet.


Cancel IDEV user identification

User identifications for online declaration which are no longer required can be cancelled via fax: +49 611 75 3922.


Cancel material code

Material codes which are no longer needed can be cancelled via fax: +49 611 75 3922.


Chain transactions

See Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide Chapter 9 "Examples and special cases - f)".


Change password

The user identification cannot be changed by the user, but it is possible to customize the password as required by selecting the Change password item from the "Manage user data" menu.


Changes to name, address and similar data

Changes made to name, address and similar data in the IDEV "Manage user data" menu will be accepted by the Federal Statistical Office upon completion of a manual checking procedure Hence the changes may be displayed only after some time (for more information see Chapter 7.1 and Chapter 7.4 of the general help pages).

Declarants need to change the registered VAT number and the address data in your program itself.

Please phone us on +49 611 75 2349, -3390 and  -2951 for any further questions.


Changed VAT number

Any change in the VAT number shown in your advance turnover tax return should be indicated when you submit a declaration for the purposes of intra-Community trade statistics. Online declarants can notify the Federal Statistical Office of such change by adjusting their relevant address data. As an alternative, a business can register (at as a new declarant of intra-Community trade data using the new VAT number.

File declarants must themselves adjust their VAT number and relevant address data in their program and, if necessary, order new material codes for file declaration.

For any questions, please phone us on +49 611 75 2349, -3390 and -2951.


Codes of Länder

See Current version of the Country Nomenclature (only in the German language) for the External Trade Statistics.


Combined Nomenclature

The Combined Nomenclature (CN) is a harmonised eight-digit commodity nomenclature for foreign trade in the framework of the common trade policy and, in particular, the Common Customs Tariff, and for the statistics of Eurostat and the national statistical offices.

It was introduced by Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 of 23 July 1987 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff.


Commodity code

The statistical commodity code has eight digits. It is used to code commodities so that exports and imports can be declared to the authorities. The statistical commodity code corresponds to the Combined Nomenclature to be used for the export declaration.


Commodity code (customs tariff code) on the invoice

Currently, a supplier is not legally obliged to provide his or her EU customer with information about the commodity code (for example on the invoice or the delivery note) in the context of intra-Community trade statistics.

Any party responsible for providing information must identify the appropriate commodity code on his or her own responsibility.


Commodity codes for reference years in the past

Please contact the competent department via telephone +49 611 75 2863 or e-mail warenverzeichnis(at) if you require commodity codes for reference periods in the past.


Commodity Classification

General Information on the Commodity Classification (only in the German language).



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All information on Corrections, see Chapter 5 "Correction of intra-Community trade statistics". If an online correction is not possible, here is a Correction form available.


Country Nomenclature

See Current version of the Country Nomenclature (only in the German language) for the External Trade Statistics.


Country of origin

Enter the country where the goods were entirely obtained or produced. If two or more countries were en-gaged in producing the goods, the country of origin is the last country where the goods were substantially processed in economically justified terms, provided processing took place in a business equipped for that purpose and resulted in a new product or represented a major stage of production. See also Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide Chapter 5.2 "Box 14"


When arrival the country of origin is required and at the entrance of Goods of German origin (eg, re-imports) may be indicated "DE".

In dispatch the name of the country of origin is voluntary and for goods of German origin is no indication required.

In anticipation of a future mandatory declaration of the EU trading partner's VAT identification number and the origin of goods on the dispatch side both boxes are integrated into the relevant online form. For the time being, however, providing information in these boxes is voluntary and the boxes may therefore be left empty. Any report of these data elements will help the Federal Statistical Office to gain experience with the compilation of both variables and to guarantee a smooth implementation. As soon as a date for the mandatory declaration of both variables is known we will provide information.



Subsequent discounts, etc., which are not linked to any movement of goods are not to be considered. However, credits granted in relation to goods returned will have to be considered.

See Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide Chapter 3.3 "Corrections" and Chapter 9.2 "Goods returned and credits".


CSV files

A CSV file is a text file to store or exchange data of a simple structure. The abbreviation CSV stands for Character Separated Values or Comma Separated Values, meaning that the individual values are separated by a specific character like, for instance, a semicolon. Declaration data which are stored in the form of CSV files can be imported into the IDES Intra-Community Trade Data Capture Software and into the Form declaration for intra-Community trade statistics.


Current instructions on how to complete the Intrastat forms

The Current instructions on how to complete the Intrastat forms has been replaced in 2013 by the Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide and can be downloaded here or requested via fax + 49 611 75 3965.