Simplify Your Intrastat Declarations Processing and Reporting in Different File Formats

  • by Ravi Kalluri, SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services Consultant, Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • May 12, 2010
Learn the electronic compliance reporting functionality that comes in SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services, both from a feeder system communication and configuration perspective.
Key Concept
SAP Electronic Compliance Reporting (ECR) functionality is a central solution in SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services 7.1 for all feeder systems. It reduces classification efforts for products and their commodity codes. It is a cross-country solution in the European Union supporting about 20 countries, reducing system maintenance and implementation effort. In the case of mass data processing, it simplifies the tasks related to changes. It also allows multiple uses of commodity codes in export processing and Intrastat reporting to minimize maintenance effort.

SAP Electronic Compliance Reporting (SAP ECR) is a new feature in SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services 7.1. SAP ECR allows you to submit statistics declarations regarding intra-European Union (EU) trade to authorities in the statistically relevant regions of the EU. SAP ECR is SAP’s universal solution for compliance reporting and currently its main application for the management and handling of the Intrastat messages for all EU countries.

In the EU, recording of country-specific trade data is done by the member states. This gives information about the foreign trade transactions, trade activities, and economic stability of the country. Every company in the EU is obliged to record the statistical trade data and send it to the national authorities in their respective file formats. Intrastat filing is mandatory in the EU as per the EU council laws.

The EU countries supported by SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services are Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Finland, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Slovakia, and Romania.

You can specify all the required information in the statistical declarations specific to a country in the EU and generate the declarations in the correct data format for the respective authorities using SAP Business Objects Global Trade Services. You are required to declare your goods movements with other nations and statistical regions of the EU. These goods movements may be inbound or outbound. You provide information about receipts of dispatches of duty-paid products (e.g., community goods) in intra-community movements. This enables the national and statistical authorities in the EU to record and analyze your trade activities.

These analyses provide information about the competitiveness, dependencies in goods movements of certain industry products, and price trends. In turn, this information can influence the decisions of the authorities, organizations, and political bodies.

I’ll show how you can use the SAP ECR functionality in SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services for Intrastat activities. Before I get into a checklist of configuration activities, I’ll show how the data provider for information is maintained in SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services followed by product classification and Intrastat declaration creation.

Ravi Kalluri

Ravi Kalluri is an SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services consultant at Accenture Services Pvt Ltd. His focus is on the entire global trade area, including Compliance Management, Customs Management, Risk Management, and Electronic Compliance Reporting. He has an excellent understanding of SAP ERP logistics processes and their integration to global trade in a supply chain environment. His interests are networking, participating in conferences, and writing articles.

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