Intra-Community Trade Declaration System / Help with online declaration


IDENT number

See "DE number (identification number)".


Identification number

The identification number consists of the Tax office seat, the VAT number indicated in the turnover tax return and the Additional number (for distinguishing purposes). Enter "0" as the thirteenth digit with a 10-digit VAT number.


Tax office seat code "06", VAT number "1234567890", Additional number "001", The identification number will read: "0612345678900001"



See IDES Intra-Community Trade Data Capture Software, Chapter 7.



IDEV, the internet-based data collection system of the statistical offices of the Federation and the Länder, has been designed for online transmission of data. The supply of data, collected by the Federal Statistical Office and the statistical offices of the Länder via the internet, is based on a web application. To transmit the relevant data, the declarant activates the IDEV web application in an internet browser. Depending on the statistics for which data will be supplied, the declarant can either complete an online form or use a web page for encrypted data transmission.


Importing data into the IDES Intra-Community Trade Data Capture Software

Data in the ASCII, CSV or INSTAT/XML format can be imported into the IDES Intra-Community Trade Data Capture Software. The details of importing data are described in the IDES Application Manual (only in the German language), Chapter 4.4.


Importing data into the Form declaration for intra-Community trade statistics

Data can be imported in the CSV format into the online form and then be transmitted. The file size is limited to 100,000 bytes. More information is available here (only in the German language).



INSTAT/XML is an XML-based message, developed at the European level, for transmitting raw data for the purposes of intra-Community trade statistics. It was developed by a working group of the European Committee for Standardization. The content of an INSTAT/XML message is housed in what is called an envelope (<Envelope>). At the Envelope level, all parties involved (<Party>) are indicated, that is forwarder (sender), recipient (addressee), declarant or declaring third party. That information is followed by the actual declarations (<Declaration>) for one or several items (<Item>) which include commodity code-related data on importing or exporting procedures.

See Chapter 6.2 (most documents are only available in the German language)


Integrate data

Data for identical variables can be integrated within a declaration month and be transmitted in the form of one declaration item.


Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide

The current Internet version of the Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide (so far Current instructions on how to complete the Intrastat forms) can be downloaded here or requested by fax +49 611 75 3965.


Intra-Community trade statistics

Intra-Community trade statistics provide information on the intra-Community trade in goods between Germany and the other Member states of the European Union that is on intra-Community goods transactions.


Intrastat form N

The legislators have introduced new provisions regarding the transmission of data to the statistical offices. Pursuant to Art. 11a of the Federal Statistics Law of 22 January 1987 (Federal Law Gazette I pp. 462, 565), last amended by Art. 13 of the Law of 25 July 2013 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 2749), with immediate effect, all local units and enterprises are obliged to transmit their data electronically to the statistical offices. For this purpose, they have to use the online procedures provided free of charge by the statistical offices. Consequently, Intrastat form N can no longer be used to transmit data to the Federal Statistical Office for the purposes of intra-Community trade statistics.


Intrastat number

The term "Intrastat number" is frequently used to refer to the statistical commodity code (see "Commodity code") or the VAT identification number (USt-IdNr.) (see "DE number").


Invoiced amount

The invoiced amount is the value billed for the declared commodity, i.e. the VAT assessment basis. Potentially charged transport and insurance costs and excise duties which are payable by the purchaser must be considered, too. Enter the invoiced amount in full euros exclusive of possibly calculated VAT.

See Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide Chapter 5.1 and Chapter 5.2 "Box 18".



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