What’s New in Charge Management in SAP TM 9.0 and 9.1 for Air, Ocean, and Rail

  • by Indrani Basak, Freelance SAP SCM Consultant
  • August 31, 2015
Learn how to set up the charge management process in SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) applicable for both shipper and logistic service provider (LSP) scenarios. Compare functionalities available in SAP TM 9.0 and 9.1.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you’ll learn:

  • What charge management process is applicable for the ocean and air industry as per International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules
  • New added functionality available for charge management in SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) 9.0 and 9.1.
  • Extra functionality available for rail scenarios in terms of charge management
  • The scope of development with a predefined scenario for the charge management process
  • Tables and structures to be used in the Business Object for Processing Framework (BOBF) for charge management
Key Concept
The transportation charge management component is the most robust and flexible engine used in the SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) module. The transportation charge management component is tightly integrated with multiple processes in SAP TM, such as order management and settlement. It also is integrated with SAP Event management.

Computing, monitoring, and settling transportation charges have become the most widely used processes in both the shipper and freight forwarding industries. I refer to these processes as charge management. To manage an end-to-end logistics contract (also known as a freight agreement) with the carrier and service provider, some transportation companies turn to the transportation charge management component of SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM).

I focus on various elements of SAP TM charge management and the new features this component provides in SAP TM 9.0 and 9.1. Every new release of SAP TM adds functionalities to the charge management module for various modes of transport, such as rail and air, in addition to ocean and road. I explain the new functionalities added with the new releases along with configuration details necessary to use these functionalities, covering the following topics:

  • Freight agreements, charge calculation sheets, rate tables, and scales
  • Quick quote functionality specific to air for contract rates
  • Minimum-maximum settings on a calculation sheet item
  • Rates based on transportation zone
  • Functionalities added in SAP TM 9.0 and 9.1

Freight Agreements, Charge Calculation Sheets, Rate Tables, and Scales

The entire process flow and linkage between charge management and a logistics contract is shown in the process flow diagram in Figure 1.

 

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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