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 Forward Exchange


Service providers use the forward exchange function if they urgently need a serviceable part from the subcontractor even though they have not yet sent the unserviceable parts to the subcontractor for repair.

The subcontractor sends a serviceable part from his own stock directly to the service provider. The unserviceable part is sent to the subcontractor at a later point in time, who then repairs it and adds it to his own stock.

For more information, see MRO Subcontracting Process with Forward Exchange .


  • You must configure a material provision indicator for deferred delivery. In Customizing, choose Start of the navigation path Production Next navigation step Basic Data Next navigation step Bill of Material Next navigation step Item Data Next navigation step Define Material Provision Indicator. End of the navigation path

  • For the creation of the outbound delivery in the subcontracting monitor (transaction ADSUBCON), you must customize the delivery type for returns. In Customizing, choose Start of the navigation path Materials Management Next navigation step Purchasing Next navigation step Purchasing Documents Next navigation step Purchase Order Next navigation step Returns Order Next navigation step Returns to Vendor End of the navigation path and assign the delivery type ‘RLL’ (return delivery to vendor) instead of the default ‘RL’ (returns (purchase order)).

  • Assign users to user parameter ADSUB_FWEX_DIRECT. The user can control if forward exchange items are created directly in the background or if a popup appears so you can confirm that you want forward exchange items to be created. By default the popup appears.

  • Users must have authorization for object M_FW_EXCH. This object checks if a user is authorized to convert a purchase order item to a collection of items that can be used for forward exchange in the subcontracting monitor.

  • You must adapt the Business Addin (BAdI) for goods movement type 262.


  • You can monitor forward exchange using the subcontracting monitor.

  • You can start the forward exchange process in the maintenance phase in the following ways:

    • In the master data:

      • Bill of material

      • Task list (create with subcontracting item and maintain forward exchange information in component overview)

        You would start the forward exchange process at this point if, for example, you know that certain components always use forward exchange.

    • Directly in the maintenance order

      During purchasing, you can change purchase order items to include forward exchange information using the Forward Exchange button in the subcontracting monitor. You would use this if, for example, there was an ‘aircraft-on-ground’ situation where a particular part is needed immediately.

  • Serialization for return items

  • Special stock and its related fields in the purchase order. This information is used during the goods movements to post the corresponding special stocks.

  • Material provision indicator F for deferred delivery

  • Price determination procedure for forward exchange


You cannot use forward exchange with refurbishment orders.