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 Up-to-date
    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 ASCII format
    2. 6.2 File declarations in INSTAT/XML format
    3. 6.3 eSTATISTIK.core file declaration
    4. 6.4 Deadlines
  7. 7 The IDES Intra-Community Trade Data Capture Software
    1. 7.1 System requirements
    2. 7.2 Program download
    3. 7.3 Suggested solutions
  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
  11. 11 Contacts for information on foreign trade


Data collection portal of the statistical offices

The data collection portal of the statistical offices of the Federation and the Länder(only in the German language) provides central access to all existing online surveys of official statistics in Germany and the information required for reporting data. Declaring intra-Community trade data via the data collection portal requires prior registration in either the IDEV or the eSTATISTIK.core system (only in the German language)

Data record description

See Chapter 6 for the current data record descriptions for the various data formats.



DatML/RAW is an XML-based type of document used in various surveys. Information on the DatML/RAW format is available on the internet at eSTATISTIK.core (only in the German language) or chapter 6.3 eSTATISTIK.core file declaration



See "Transmission deadlines" and  Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide Chapter 1.6 "Transmission of declarations".


Declaration deadlines

See "Transmission deadlines" and

Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide Chapter 1.6 "Transmission of declarations".


Declarations submitted for a whole year

In principle, annual declarations are not permitted. As a rule, declarations for the purpose of compiling intra-Community trade statistics are monthly declarations.

See Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide Chapter 1.6 "Transmission of declarations".


Declaring third party

See Declaring third parties are businesses which declare the intra-Community trade data on behalf of businesses that are responsible for providing information for the purposes of intra-Community trade statistics. Declaring third parties are recommended to register themselves under their VAT number indicated in the turnover tax return as declarants for intra-Community trade statistics in IDEV.


Delete declaration file

See Chapter 5.2 "Replace or cancel of a File declaration for intra-Community trade statistics via the IDEV Report history".


Delete items

Individual items can be deleted in the Correction form for intra-Community trade statistics provided in the IDEV online declaration system. Log in on the IDEV homepage for IDEV online declaration with your user identification (w3s...) and password.

See also Chapter 5 "Correction of intra-Community trade statistics".


Deregister company

Declaring third parties may delete from the system businesses entered as Manage user data >> Company registrations menu option (for more information see Chapter 7.4 to the IDEV general help pages). Deleting the reporter also deletes all entries from the deleted Company registrations in the "report history".


Description of goods


If possible, indicate the common trade name of the commodity, which should be precise enough to allow a clear identification of the commodity in accordance with the Commodity Classification for Foreign Trade Statistics. The length of the name should not exceed 80 characters.

Ships should be indicated with name and type (e.g. container ship, motor yacht, etc.), and aircrafts  with  the registration and serial number.



Community goods (goods obtained or produced in the European Union, or third-country goods subjected to customs clearance) which are dispatched from Germany to another Member state of the European Union.

See Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide Chapter 5.1 "Dispatches of goods to other EU Member States".


Distinguishing (additional) number

The distinguishing (additional) number is a three-digit number to distinguish between individual businesses submitting separate statistical declarations within a group integrated for VAT purposes or between individual units reporting separately for statistical purposes within a business. Leave the relevant box empty if the Federal Statistical Office has not allocated a distinguishing number to your business. You may however contact the Federal Statistical Office by telephone +49 611 75 4524, -4246 and -2865, or e-mail to aussenhandelsregister(at) request a distinguishing number.

See also

Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide Chapter 5.1 and Chapter 5.2 "Second subdivision - Additional number".