What the Wizards Don't Tell You About Intrastat Reporting

  • by Kees van Westerop, Senior SAP Consultant, Kwest Consulting
  • September 15, 2003
Enterprises based within a member state of the European Union (EU) are legally required to report their goods movements to and from other member states. These reports are called Intra European Community Trade Statistics (Intrastat) reports. In most cases, this requirement also applies to European subsidiaries of American companies. The author explains how to set up Intrastat in R/3, how it is integrated within the R/3 modules, and how to create the reports. He also gives customizing tips not covered by the SAP-provided wizards that guide you through the process.

Enterprises based in a member state of the European Union (EU) are legally required to report their goods movements to and from other member states. These reports are called Intra European Community Trade Statistics (Intrastat) reports. In most cases, this requirement also applies to European subsidiaries of American companies.1

Intrastat reports basically consist of quantities, weights, transportation data, and values of the goods imported and exported. (See Figure 1.)

Because of the complexity of Intrastat legislation, many SAP consultants “hope” that other SAP consultants will take on learning how to set up the functionality in R/3. As the “other” consultants are hoping the same, very often Intrastat reporting is not set up at all. The result is that the legally required Intrastat reports have to be created manually, which is a time-consuming process.

However, the subject is less complicated than you would think. I’ll explain how to set up Intrastat in R/3, how it is integrated within the R/3 modules, and how to create the reports. I’ll also give you customizing tips not covered by the SAP-provided wizards that guide you through the process. After reading the article, you will be capable of setting up Intrastat and producing the reports.

The same wizards can also be used for settings required for other periodic reports such as Extrastat reports, which track trade between EU member states and non-EU countries. For step-by-step detail on the customizing process, see the download at the bottom of this article. 

Kees van Westerop

Kees van Westerop has been working as an SAP consultant for more than 25 years. He has an MBA degree in mathematics and a degree in finance. Kees has been concentrating on the financial modules, especially in general ledger accounting, cost center accounting, and consolidation. He also has a great deal of experience with rollouts of kernel systems and integrating finance and logistics.

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Comments

9/7/2014 9:50:40 PM
Sunny

At the beginning of the article it is mentioned that "For step-by-step detail on the customizing process, see the download at the bottom of this article". I can not find the link in the article. Please update the correct download link for customizing process.

Thanks and Regards,
Sunny

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