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SAP Standard Sale Area Cross Reference For Inbound IDOC Processing


Cross Reference To SAP Sales Area From External Customer Number – SAP EDSDC Table

If you have ever converted an external file into a SAP Sales Document IDOC (ex: ORDERS05) you may have hard coded the E1EDK14 segments of the IDOC which specify Sales Area and order type for the SAP Sales Document.  However, these segments are not required if you populate the E1EDKA1-LIFNR segment of the IDOC with the External Customer Number and populate the EDSDC table with the Sales Area and Order Type for the customer.  Your SAP system contains a standard utility that converts the External Customer Number to the Sales Area values and Order Type value contained in this table.

Sales Area Cross Reference From IDOCs ORDERS05 and DELFOR02

This utility is available in the standard SAP package to convert External Customer Number to SAP Sales Area when processing inbound IDOCs (ex: ORDERS05, DELFOR02) from non-SAP systems.  It eliminates the need to add E1EDK14 segments to the IDOC as it populates the Sales Organization, Distribution Channel, Division, and Sales Document Type using the entries in the EDSDC table which is populated using transaction VOE2.  In order for this process to work, you must have the Customers External number populated in the E1EDKA1-LIFNR field of the IDOC where E1EDKA1-PARVW is ‘AG’ and the EDPAR Customer Conversion table set up to convert the Customer External number to the SAP Customer number.  See my blog ‘SAP EDPAR Table – External Customer Number cross reference to SAP Customer Number’ for instructions on the External Customer Conversion.  By properly doing this, the standard SAP function module will use the EDSDC table to convert the External Customer Number to the SAP Sales Area and Document Type.  The following instructions will explain how to populate the inbound IDOC and the EDSDC table.

On the Inbound IDOC do not create any E1EDK14 segments.  The use of the EDSDC table will populate the Sales Area and Document Type of the Sales document and therefore no E1EDK14 segments are required.  Populate the E1EDKA1 segment for the Sold-To party where the PARVW field is ‘AG’ and the LIFNR field is the External Customer Number (Note: the EDPAR table must be populated to convert this External Customer Number to the SAP Sold-To number).


Use transaction VOE2 to populate the EDSDC table.  Enter the SAP Sold-To Customer number in the Customer field and your Customer’s External Sold-To number in the Vendor number field.  You will then populate the SOrg, DChl, and Dv fields on VOE2 with the Sales Area information(Sales Organization, Distribution Channel, and Division) related to your SAP Customer number.  Finally, you will enter the Sales Document Type(ex: OR = Standard Order) in the SaTy field.  These values will be used as the Sales Area and Document Type on the SAP Sales Document once the IDOC is processed.


So eliminate hard coding multiple E1EDK14 segments in the inbound IDOC, just use the Standard SAP Utility designed to populated the Sales Area and Order Type of your Sales Documents.  Populate the EDSDC table using the VOE2 transaction and send the External Customer Number in the E1EDKA1-LIFNR field of the IDOC.

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    May 2, 2017 at 8:47 am · Reply

    Thanks for the valuable Inputs. But, I have a situation where our customers are created for multiple sales areas. And customer uses the same external partner to send the inbound EDI 850 for each sales area. In this case, how to use the EDSDC table for multiple sales area keeping the same external customer number (LIFNR) and customer number (KUNNR).

    Your input will be great help on this.

    Yogesh Chaudhari

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