Intra-Community Trade Declaration System / Help with online declaration


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 "DE number (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.