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Object documentationTrade Lane


A trade lane is a classification of any transport-related activities representing a combination of zones or locations combined with a transportation mode or means of transport and providing an orientation between the source and destination.

Examples of trade lanes include:

  • All transports from Hamburg to New York

  • All transports within Germany

  • All transports that leave Bavaria

Trade lanes are not a substitute for transportation lanes. For planning purposes transportation lanes must be maintained even if a suitable trade lane exists.

Trade lanes can form a hierarchy. This means that more generic trade lanes can contain more specific trade lanes. For example, “Within Germany Using Means of Transport Truck” contains “Along the Way from Frankfurt to Hamburg with Means of Transport Refrigerated Truck” and “Within Bavaria with Means of Transport Truck for Liquids”.

Trade lanes may overlap, for example, “From Germany Using Airplane” and “Within Europe Using Airplane”.

Trade lane hierarchies contain the following:

  • Transportation zone hierarchies, for example, “From Germany” contains “From Bavaria”, and this contains “From Plant_MÜNCHEN”

  • Hierarchical relationships between means of transport, for example, “Within Germany Using Means of Transport Truck” contains “Within Germany Using Means of Transport Refrigerated Truck”

  • Means of transport/transportation mode relationship, for example, “Within Germany Using Transportation Mode Street” contains “Within Germany Using Means of Transport Refrigerated Truck”

In previous releases, trade lanes were created from, and associated with other business objects such as Business Shares, Allocations, and Freight Agreements. You can now use trade lanes as full master data objects, creating, copying, and reusing them according to the needs of your business. You can view all available trade lanes in a worklist and, view information such as a where-used list.

You can configure the types of trade lanes that can be used to create trade lanes. For more information see Customizing for Transportation Management under Start of the navigation path Transportation Management Next navigation step Master Data Next navigation step Transportation Network Next navigation step Trade Lane End of the navigation path


You define the following settings for a trade lane:

  • Description

  • Transportation Mode

  • Means of Transport

  • Orientation

    Possible settings:

    • Inbound

    • Outbound

    • From

    • To

    • Along

    • Within

  • Source

  • Source Type

  • Destination

  • Destination Type


This business object is used by several processes in SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM). For more information, see: