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Trading Partner in Asset Master

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Dear Experts,

in the fixed asset master there is the field trading partner.
Am I right in assuming that this field is purely informative and that there is no inheritance in the posting document?

Thanks for your support

BR Jan

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Hello Jan.  In addition to response below. Please find more details related to trading partner.

In the context of an asset master, a trading partner refers to the entity with which a company conducts business transactions. This could be a supplier, a buyer, or a co-operating subsidiary.

The significance of having the 'trading partner' field in a company's Asset Master Data is to ensure proper identification, tracking, and reporting of business transactions with them. In most cases, however, the trading partner field does not carry any inheritance property in the posting document because it pertains to information about the partner with whom the initial asset transaction took place, and may not be relevant for all subsequent transactions related to the same asset.

Trading partner data can be especially crucial when it comes to intercompany transactions and reporting, where accurate tracking, allocation, and elimination of internal activities are required for consolidation purposes. Trading partner field reflects some fundamental details about the company's business relationships and transactions, and hence, contributes significantly to its overall asset management and financial reporting functions.

As of New FI-AA the trading partner (ANLA-VBUND) is no longer updated in the destination asset during a posting. The trading partner in the asset master data is only for information purpose and will not be copied to the posted documents or used in any reporting.If this information is of importance for the business, the trading partner can always be obtained from the line items in table ACDOCA and/or ANEK (field ACDOCA-RASSC and/or ANEK-VBUND).

The trading partner field for a journal entry document depends on 2 customizing settings in the SSCUI Define Document Types (ID 101522) for a document type. i.e. Inter-company posting.
and Enter Trading partner. You  can set these flags in the details page of the document type under Control Data customizing. You can Configure the Document Type in SSCUI Define Document Types (ID 101522) as per your requirements. Path: Manage your solution > Configure Your Solution > Finance> General Settings > Journal Entries.

Please refer to SAP Notes below for more details

3060863 - Trading Partner field in Journal Entry document.
KBA 3294800 - FI-AA: Trading partner for depreciation postings and other FI-AA Transactions

35847 - Asset posting w. trading partner fr. G/L account

For Asset Posting - You can refer to APIs for Asset Accounting Post : With this operation, you make postings for transactions using the following business transaction types:
Acquisition (Net), Post-Capitalization, Credit Memo, Quantity Adjustment. Also it includes the trading partner field as optional

When a company acquires an asset externally, transactions should be recorded accurately and completely. In SAP an external asset acquisition posting is performed. An external asset acquisition is a business transaction in which a fixed asset is acquired from a business partner. (In contrast to this, an acquisition from in-house production is not linked to a purchase.)

Hope this helps.








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A trading partner represents the company code that is in transaction with the same parent company code. If the asset is procured through transfer, with that trading partner then transaction through acquisition will take place.