Enhance SAP TM to Include the Shipment Container Number at the Header Level

  • by Indrani Basak, Freelance SAP SCM Consultant
  • November 16, 2012
See how to enhance the SAP Transportation Management XML structure so that the shipment container number is included at the header level and then passed along to SAP ERP Central Component. This applies when SAP Process Integration is used as the middleware.
Key Concept
In SAP Transportation Management a container is a device that holds a material or package. It is an article of transport equipment that is specially designed for the carriage of goods. In the transportation industry 20-foot and 40-foot containers are generally used as per the International Organization for Standardization norm.

While working for a leading transportation company, I encountered this requirement: My customer wanted to have the container ID at the header level, which is not possible in standard SAP. The customer also wanted the vendor invoice verification to be used on the container number. This is reflected in the reference field in both the service purchase order (PO) and the service entry sheet.

In any ocean transportation scenario, the container type and ID play a very important part. When you check a forwarding order, you always assign the container type, item type, or equipment type at the item level. However, the scenario I am going to describe involves enhancements to move the ID to the header level. An ID at the header level applies to the item levels below it, saving considerable time.

This client wanted to have the freight settlement document request in SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) transferred to SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) via SAP Process Integration (SAP PI). In the blueprinting phase I determined that the container number, which is maintained in the forwarding order, must be available as a reference in SAP ECC transaction code MIRO. The same details should be visible in the header tab in the forwarding order itself.

 

Indrani Basak

Indrani Basak is a freelance SAP SCM consultant who has worked in various SCM projects in the areas of logistics, transportation management, and transportation planning. Indrani also has worked in implementation and support projects.

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