Intra-Community Trade Declaration System / Help with online declaration


Nature of transaction

This is to indicate specific clauses of the business contract. The relevant codes stand for different variables like purchase, sale, processing under contract, etc., which are considered to be useful for distinguishing between transactions.

See Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide Annex 2 "Nature of the transaction".


Negative values

Submitting a declaration with negative values is not permissible. Credits such as subsequent discounts, etc., which are not linked to any movement of goods are not to be considered for the purposes of intra-Community trade statistics. However, credits granted in relation to goods returned will have to be considered as movements of goods.

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


Net mass

Enter the net mass, in full kilograms (kg), of the commodity described in the Description of goods box  of the item concerned. Net mass is the mass of the goods net of all packaging. The figures should be rounded to full kilograms. If a figure is rounded down to 0 kg, "0" must be entered in the box. The declaration of net mass is not required from the reference month January 2010, if a "quantity in supplementary units" must be entered for the commodity code in accordance with the Commodity Classification for Foreign Trade Statistics. Further information is given in the Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide.


Nil report

If cross-border movements of goods (arrivals and/or dispatches) did not take place in a reference month, you can send us a nil report indicating the relevant material code (file declarations) or IDEV user ID (online form declarations) either via e-mail (EK-Aussenhandel(at) or by fax (+49 611 75 3957). In this way questions can be avoided that might come up when we check the data upon their arrival.


Obligation to provide information

See Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide Chapter 1.2 "Obligation to provide information".



Equipment with a communication interface is in offline mode (opposite: online mode) if it cannot receive data via that interface.



Online is a computer science term, which means "connected to a computer network" (for example the internet).