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


Federal Central Tax Office

Please contact the Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (Federal Central Tax Office), Ahornweg 1-3 in 66740 Saarlouis, tel: +49 228 406 1222 / fax: +49 228 406 3801, for any questions regarding the VAT identification number (USt-IdNr.).

More information on this issue is provided by the Federal Central Tax Office on the internet at

See also VAT identification number.


File declaration

See File declaration for intra-Community trade statistics, Chapter 6.


File formats

XML files (.XML extension) compiled in accordance with the data record description for INSTAT/XML or the supply agreement for STATISTIK.core

Declaration files (.WCR extension) produced with the help of the IDES Intra-Community Trade Data Capture Software.


File name

The file name comprises the material code assigned by the Federal Statistical Office; see also "Material code".


Foreign trade statistics

The foreign trade statistics provide information on the cross-border trading of goods between the Federal Republic of Germany and foreign countries.


Forwarding agent

See "Declaring third party"


Gelangensbestätigung (confirmation that the goods/articles concerned have left the German tax territory)

The local tax office responsible for your company's tax matters will provide you with more details on the so-called Gelangensbestätigung, which is a prerequisite for supplies of goods/articles to foreign businesses that are invoiced without VAT. Actually, this is not a matter the Federal Statistical Office is responsible for.