Intra-Community Trade Declaration System / Help with online declaration

9.3 Questions about the transmission of intra-Community trade data

In what form can I submit my monthly intra-Community trade declarations?

The monthly declarations can be submitted in various forms:



How to transmit my intra-Community trade data online?

The web form to be used for transmitting data online can be accessed at the IDEV homepage




What to do if the data required are not available to me on the due date? May I transmit reliable estimates as well?

In those cases, please contact the competent colleagues at the Federal Statistical Office: +49 611 75 4525.



This company is part of a VAT group. Which of the VAT numbers has to be indicated?



Always indicate the tax number of the parent company (dominant enterprise). For questions relating to the VAT numbers of turnover tax returns, please contact us by phone +49 611 75 4524, or e-mail to idev-intrahandel(at)



What is to be understood by the statistical value?

The statistical value is the value of goods at the German border. As regards trade between integrated (affiliated) companies, the statistical value is the value which would be usually specified for transactions with third parties.



Why should minus values not be indicated in a declaration?

Minus values and credits, such as subsequent discounts, etc., which are not associated with any movement of goods, are not to be covered by intra-Community trade statistics. As regards credits for returned goods, declarations have to be submitted in relation to the relevant direction of trade.

See also the Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide under Chapter 3.3 "corrections" and under Chapter 9.2 "Goods returned and credits".



How can I make backward corrections to Intrastat data?

A correction form and various online replacement options are in place for necessary corrections. See the corrections of intra-Community trade statistics chapter 5 and also the Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide PDF file not barrier-free, Chapter 3.3 "Corrections".



I am not in a position to indicate net mass. / I am only able to indicate the total weight of all dispatches covered by an invoice. How to handle those cases?

Please make thorough estimates for the individual items of the declaration and see "Net mass".




We have submitted our data in files. Presently, new software is being installed at our place. Do we have to send again a test file to you?

We would ask you to send a test file to us for checking purposes if you change over to new software. Please label the test file as follows: 'XGTEST'+'old material code'+'refbzr'+'date'+'time'+'.xml'



We intend to submit our data in files and now want to prepare a test file. Where to find instructions on how to do so?

Please see Chapter 6 of the IDEV help pages.



Where to find the Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide?

Please see item 2.2 "Intra-Community trade statistics General Guide".



Where to get information about the commodity codes, descriptions of goods and country codes which are required for the declaration?

You will find the commodity codes, descriptions of goods and country codes required in the version of the Commodity Classification for Foreign Trade Statistics currently in force and in the Country Nomenclature for the External Trade Statistics of the Federal Statistical Office.

Both can be accessed at Klassifikationen >> Warenverzeichnis für die Außenhandelsstatistikl "Classifications >> Foreign trade" (only in the German language) where you will also be given information on how to acquire the Commodity Classification on CD-ROM or in book form.