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 Commodity Management: Free Characteristics in GTM


With this feature you can maintain free characteristics in trading contracts at item level. You define them in the classification system, and can then use them to set up integrated HANA-based position reporting and MtM reporting in SAP TRM based on a book structure:

  • Free characteristics can be assigned to characteristics in the analysis structure in SAP TRM.

  • When trading contracts are created or changed, free characteristics values can be transferred to commodity raw exposures and subsequent reporting structures in SAP TRM.

  • The same holds for goods receipts that have been created with reference to a trading contract containing free characteristics.

  • You can set up HANA-based reporting on commodity positions and MtM to evaluate free characteristics values from trading contracts as well as the corresponding characteristic values from the analysis structures as used in derivative contracts in SAP TRM.

For more information, see the following release note: Free Characteristics in Commodity Risk Management

Technical Details

Technical Name of Product Feature


Product Feature Is


Country Dependency

Valid for all countries

Software Component Version


Application Component

Commodity Management in Logistics Integration (LO-GT-CMM)

Available as of

SAP Enhancement Package 7 (SP06) for SAP ERP 6.0

Required Business Functions


Effects on System Administration

To enable the transfer of free characteristics values to SAP TRM reporting, you must perform additional implementation and configuration steps. See Customizing for Financial Supply Chain Management, under Start of the navigation path Treasury and Risk Management Next navigation step Transaction Manager Next navigation step General Settings Next navigation step Exposure Management 2.0 Next navigation step Settings for Free Attributes and Characteristics Next navigation step Settings for Free Characteristics Next navigation step Free Characteristics in Commodity Management End of the navigation path

Effects on Customizing

For free characteristics a new class type 59 has been introduced in the classification system. You can define a default class of that type for free characteristics in Customizing for Logistics - General, under Start of the navigation path Commodity Management Next navigation step Analytics Next navigation step Free Characteristics Next navigation step Define Default Class and Valuation End of the navigation path.