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This is a document that serves to plan goods movements using the Warehouse Management System (WMS).

By differentiating between the planning and execution of a goods movement, you can recognize immediately whether a goods movement needs to be still executed (transfer requirement is open), is currently being executed (transfer order is created), or is completed ( transfer order is confirmed).


On the one hand, transfer requirements are used to pass on information on goods movements that are posted in Inventory Management (MM-IM) to the Warehouse Management System (WMS). You can, however, also use transfer requirements for the following purposes:

On the basis of existing transfer requirements, the Warehouse Management System creates transfer orders, which, in turn, serve to execute the physical goods movements in the warehouse.

The system updates the transfer requirement:

In this case, the system automatically reduces the transfer requirement quantity by the quantity to be canceled, or it deletes the transfer requirement altogether if the entire requirement quantity is to be canceled.


A transfer requirement consists of a transfer requirement header with general information and one or several transfer requirement items with material information (see the section Creating Transfer Requirements).

The transfer requirement contains all the necessary information on a planned goods movement.

The planning date is important for further automatic processing.

Each goods movement in the warehouse is classified by a transfer type indicator. This key differentiates between:

Was the transfer order created as a result of a purchase order or a production order, or was it created manually?