Consultation on the cost-benefit and administrative burden reduction potential of options for re-design of Intrastat


Consultation on the cost-benefit and administrative burden reduction potential of options for re-design of Intrastat

Policy field(s)

Trade, Statistics

Target group(s)

Reporters of data used for compiling intra-EU trade in goods statistics

Period of consultation

From 21.01.2016 to 20.03.2016 (closed)

Objective of the consultation

In line with the objectives and provisions of the 'ESS 2020 vision Building the future of European statistics' - Eurostat is conducting the ESS.VIP.REDESIGN project.

ESS.VIP.REDESIGN has as a strategic policy objective the provision to the European Statistical System Committee with the necessary information on options to re-design the collection of data on intra-EU trade in goods.

To meet this objective, one of the project tasks aims at assessing the administrative burden aspects related to each re-design option.

This objective of this consultation is to collect from businesses reporting Intra-EU trade through the Intrastat data collection system quantitative and qualitative information on the current administrative burden faced due to the requirements of Intrastat reporting and also on future potential burden derived from Intrastat re-design options.

View the questionnaire

Links to the survey on Intrastat administrative burden on Intrastat reporters can be found below. Repondents should choose the link for the Member State to whom they send their Intrastat return. The survey is available in the official language(s) of the Member State and in English.

(*) This consultation has been closed.

How to submit your contribution

The questionnaire will be open for replies for 2 months so please complete the online questionnaire by the latest on the 20 March 2016.

For any related question and/or clarification, please contact:

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Reference documents and other, related consultations

Additionally the information collected from this consultation will form part of the a project for establishing a Framework Regulation Integrating Business Statistics (FRIBS).

Contact details

Responsible service EUROSTAT, Unit G5
Postal address Business statistics – Unit G5 - Goods: Production and international trade
European Commission
L- 2929 Luxembourg

Reason why the consultation period is less than 12 weeks

As the aim of the consultation is to assess the administrative burden for a specific data collection collecting both quantitative and qualitative information it was deemed not necessary to strictly follow the 'Your Voice' process and thus, a shorter consultation period was envisaged.

Reason why notice of the meeting*/seminar*/public hearing* is less than 20 working days


Number of responses received to this consultation

In total 23,484 responses were received to the EU-wide consultation. 22,141 were from businesses that had conducted intra-EU trade in the target period and were liable to Intrastat reporting.

The table below shows the response by business size and what kind of Intrastat reporting the business was required to do.

  Reporting obligation  
Size of company report on imports report on exports report on imports and on exports Total
micro company (0-9 persons employed) 2,206 1,315 1,597 5,118
small company (10-49 persons employed) 2,559 2,004 4,005 8,568
medium company (50 - 249 persons employed) 1,012 879 3,674 5,565
large company (250 or more persons employed) 587 139 2,013 2,739
Total 6,409 4,363 11,369 22,141

View the contributions

The summarised responses received are presented in the report mentioned in the following section.

See the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Results of consultation and next steps

The summary  report presents both an analysis of the answers provided in the survey of Intrastat reporters and monetised estimates(1)of the administrative burden, calculated using data collected in the survey. It is supplemented by a  data annex showing an analysis of the replies received for individual questions in the questionnaire.

(1) The estimates of administrative burden are made according to the Standard Cost Model (SCM) as prescribed in the ‘Better Regulation Guidelines’ , issued by the European Commission. More detail is available at

As next step these results will contribute to:

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