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Currencies can be updated for both plan and actual values. The use of more than one currency must be allowed in the controlling area.

You can plan in the following currencies:

The controlling area is always used, regardless of whether you have selected All Currencies in the control indicators for your controlling area.

You specify the object currency in the master data of the given planning object, for example, a cost center. The object and transaction currencies are only active if you have selected All Currencies in the controlling area for the relevant fiscal year.

You can select any allowed currency as the transaction currency. The system always derives the value date and the exchange rate type from the fiscal-year dependent data of the version.

User-Definable Currency

In addition to planning in controlling area, object or transaction currencies, you can also plan in a currency of your choice, and can also translate your plan values, for example, into euros. The user-definable currency can be included in additional columns or rows of the planning layout for cost element planning, which you can then display or maintain this currency.


If you have made a change to the exchange rates between two planning meetings for activity input (for example, due to the EURO changeover), this may cause large differences between the values in the object currency for the receiver and for the sender, even though both have the same currency.

This is due to the fact that the system does not revaluate when the exchange rates change.

To avoid data inconsistencies, you can create a new version as a buffer, copy your prices into it, and then copy the prices back to your original version.

You need to copy the objects as well as the prices for orders and projects that are not plan integrated.


The following key figures are available for plan values in user-definable currency:

If the appropriate rows or columns exist in the planning layout, you can set your user-definable currency in the initial screen for manual planning. Choose Settings -> User-definable currency.


If you use the user-definable currency, you can enter the following attributes:

If you do not specify a currency, the system uses the controlling area currency. If you do not enter an exchange rate type, the SAP R/3 System derives the exchange rate type and the value date from the fiscal-year dependent version parameters.

You can make default settings for your user-definable currency in Customizing for Cost Center Accounting or Activity-Based Costing. Choose Planning ® Manual Planning ® Create User-Defined Planner Profiles.

You can also define the relevant Set/Get parameters as user parameters in your user master data.

The SAP R/3 System translates into the user-definable currency, or from the user-definable currency into controlling area currency, regardless of whether you have selected All Currencies in the control indicators for the controlling area.

The SAP R/3 System does not write the user-definable currency to the database when postings are made.

Currencies in Planning Layouts

If you do not use the transaction currency as a characteristic in your planning layout:

If you change these accumulated costs, the system uses the transaction currency (corresponding to the object currency) for the update if this type of record already existed. Otherwise, the update is executed using the first transaction currency that the system finds in the database.

You can only include the key figure "Actual costs in transaction currency" in the planning layouts that use the characteristic "Transaction Currency".

If you plan in the transaction currency, the system automatically translates the plan data to cost center and controlling area currency during the planning process.

When planning in different currencies, the planning results are always stored in transaction currency, object currency, and controlling area currency.


You plan raw materials on cost center 4210 in Japanese Yen JPY (the raw materials come from Japan, and are invoiced in Yen). However, you plan personnel costs in US dollars USD.

The following situations might exist:

  1. You want to plan in USD only
  2. Enter USD as the transaction currency.

  3. You want to plan in JPY only.
  4. Enter JPY as transaction currency.

  5. You want to plan in both currencies.

Enter an asterisk (*).



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