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SAP S/4HANA for International Trade

Updated on December 3, 2019

S/4HANA for International Trade is a solution available in SAP S/4HANA. Before I go any further, I would like to explain briefly and provide some context as to what has traditionally been offered in SAP ERP. SAP offers a foreign trade solution within SAP ERP to handle the foreign trade requirements of a business. This Foreign Trade application component is integrated with Materials Management for handling imports and with Sales and Distribution for exports. It is also integrated closely with the Financial Accounting application for payments.

The foreign trade functionality in SAP ERP includes the following areas:

  • Intrastat
  • Preference Handling
  • Documentary Payment (e.g. letter of credit)
  • Export Compliance

The Foreign Trade functionalities from SAP ERP described above (components MM-FT and SD-FT) are not available in SAP S/4HANA. But, this foreign trade functionality is replaced by “SAP S/4HANA for International Trade” in S/4HANA to meet the business requirement.

S/4HANA International Trade supports the following areas as of S/4HANA 1909 FPS00 release.

International Trade Classification

  • Classification of products with commodity codes, Intrastat service codes and Customs Tariff Numbers.
  • Classification of products with control classes and control groupings for legal control.
  • Management of classification data from external data providers (commodity codes, customs tariff numbers, and control classes).

International Trade Compliance

  • Control of statutory regulations for import and export.
  • Managing of licenses in accordance with legal control for export (sales orders and deliveries) and import (purchase orders and stock transfer orders).
  • Managing and release of blocked legal control documents.
  • Managing Countries/Regions under Embargo.


  • Managing Intrastat declarations and their master data.

Integration with SAP Global Trade Services

  • Integration allows you to use the GTS functionalities in your processes. GTS offers additional processes for your international supply chain.

Integration with SAP Watch List Screening

  • Integration allows to screen names and addresses for sales orders, outbound deliveries, purchase orders and purchasing contracts.


Migration of Foreign Trade in SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA International Trade

After completion of the technical conversion of ERP to S/4HANA, the following activities need to be performed.

To migrate financial documents in Foreign Trade in SAP ERP system to Trade Finance in S/4HANA, the following migration steps available as customizing activities should be carried out.

  1. Preparations for Migration of Financial Documents to Trade Finance

SPRO -> Conversion of Accounting to SAP S/4HANA -> Preparations and Migration of Customizing -> Preparations for Migration of Financial Documents to Trade Finance

  • Set Migration Need
  • Map SD-FT Financial Document Types with TRM 850 Product Types
  • Map SD-FT Presented Document with TRM TF Document Types
  • Set Bank Function for Advising Bank
  • Map SD-FT Banks with Business Partners
  • Map Company Codes in SD-FT and Trade Finance
  • Check Customizing Settings

  1. Migration of Financial Documents to Trade Finance

SPRO -> Conversion of Accounting to SAP S/4HANA -> Data Migration -> Migration of Financial Documents to Trade Finance

  • Migrate Master Data of Financial Documents
  • Display Migration Status of Master Data of Financial Documents
  • Assign Sales Orders to Trade Finance Transactions
  • Display Status of Assignments of Sales Orders to Trade Finance Transactions
  • Initialize Risk Check Decisions
  • Display Status of Initialization of Risk Check Decisions
  • Reconcile Risk Check Decisions

  1. Set Migration to Completed

SPRO -> Conversion of Accounting to SAP S/4HANA -> Data Migration -> Complete Migration of Financial Documents to Trade Finance -> Set Migration to Completed

  1. Complete Migration of Financial Documents for Unmigrated Data

SPRO -> Conversion of Accounting to SAP S/4HANA -> Activities after Migration -> Manual Activities for Trade Finance -> Complete Migration of Financial Documents for Unmigrated Data

SAP Global Trade Services (GTS)

SAP GTS is another solution offered by SAP to manage global trade operations, ensure ongoing trade compliance, and optimize the cross-border supply chain. This solution delivers automation and comprehensive functionality to speed trade functions and maximize performance.

SAP Global Trade Services will continue to deliver ongoing innovations and will remain SAP’s most comprehensive global trade management solution.

If you are using SAP GTS alongside SAP ERP system, it is possible to convert your ERP system to S/4HANA and continue to use GTS as a side by side deployment. The tight integration between SAP ERP and SAP GTS will continue to apply to S/4HANA as well. For multiple ERP systems, SAP GTS will continue to be the core solution for customs and foreign trade. In this scenario, the logistics data can be pulled from multiple ERP systems to the central GTS system.

Deployment options of GTS

Installation of SAP GTS 10.0/10.1/11.0 on a separate system alongside S/4HANA as a side by side installation is possible. In this scenario, a separate GTS Plug-In is no longer required in S/4HANA. The respective functionality is part of S/4HANA beginning with the 1511 shipment.

Installation of SAP GTS 10.0/10.1/11.0 on the same system with S/4HANA (Integrated Installation) is not supported.

If you have installed GTS (software component SLL-LEG) as an add-on on an SAP ERP system, you cannot convert the SAP ERP system to S/4HANA without de-installing the add-on GTS from the SAP ERP system. Also, there is no add-on GTS for S/4HANA. In this case, the add-on GTS needs to be de-installed prior to the conversion of ERP system to S/4HANA. For more information on this, please see SAP Note 2356692 – Uninstalling Global Trade Services.

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  • I’m very glad to find the great article which explain the foreign trade functionalities for S/4 HANA.

    I want to know is there any prerequisite to use International trade in S/4 HANA. We can use some International trace functions immediately after the installation of S/4 HANA1809 FPS00 but the SAP note 2576322 describes we need to implement best practice to the SAP clients to use this function.

    • Hi Yoshiro,

      The best practice document provides the instructions to set up the solution. Please download and review the documents from the links provided in the SAP Note you have referenced in your question. Regards,


  • Thanks for the details in this blog.

    We are planning to use SAP SRM along with S/4 HANA.

    Can you please share some insights how the INTRASTAT functionality should be used?

    The challenge is observed due to removal of Import tabs in PO in S/4 HANA

  • Thanks for the great blog. When I try to open the note. I get following error message

     "You are not entitled to access SAP Note/KBA 2356692"

    All others notes are working fine


    Thanks for your help

  • Thanks a lot for sharing information on this blog.


    Do you know if Preference Handling and Documentary Payment are part of S/4 International Trade ?

    If not, do you know if SAP plans to add these features in a future release ?


    Preference Handling seems to be part of SAP GTS but not Documentary Payment...

  • Hi Chelliah Soundar and All


    My client using the GTS 7.1 Version, now they want to integrate with S4 HANA 1909, it is possible as we are Migrating to HANA from ECC, Could you please let me know how to do that or it is not possible. Do we need to upgrade the GTS 7.1 to another Version. Request you to please help.