What SCM Teams Need to Know About Intrastat Reporting

  • by Kees van Westerop, Senior SAP Consultant, Kwest Consulting
  • April 15, 2007
As part of the SCM team, you may be asked to perform customizing and master data maintenance tasks for Intra European Community Trade Statistics (Intrastat) reports. Although SAP provides a wizard to help you with these tasks, it doesn’t cover all of the steps you need to set up Intrastat reporting. Find out the additional steps you need to take.
Key Concept
Enterprises within the 27 member states 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 subsidiaries of American companies in the EU. Although the content differs per country, Intrastat reports basically consist of quantities, weights, transportation data, and values of the goods imported and exported.

Although the financial department usually creates an Intra European Community Trade Statistics (Intrastat) report as part of the month-end closing process, in principle the Intrastat report is a logistical report. To create correct reports, the SCM team customizes the SAP system so that any cross-border goods movement derives the correct codes for the Intrastat report. For example, it might be necessary to define specific sales order item categories or purchase order types for correct reporting.

I’ll explain the customizing and the master data maintenance for the Intrastat reporting that the SCM team typically performs. I’ll provide tips for the Intrastat customizing not covered by the SAP wizards that guide you through the process in mySAP ERP Central Component (ECC). I’ll also explain how to create the reports.

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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