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Goods Shipment

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Create and manage goods shipments to your customers.

Goods Shipment document registering the specifics of items sent to a customer.

This window allows to browse information about all Goods Shipments registered in the system and manually create new shipment documents. It is useful if execution of some scenario is required that is not supported by automatic shipments generation process (for example, partial shipment of the order or grouping of several orders and / or invoices in one shipment). For automatic creation use Create Shipments from Orders.

As described in the Costing Server article, the cost of a "Goods Shipment" is calculated as any other output transaction depending on the Costing Algorithm used.

The calculated cost of a "Goods Shipment" is used while posting it to the ledger.


Create and process a shipment.

Header lists main terms and conditions related to the customer delivery that apply to all products (Lines) included in it.

In majority of the cases main (and the only) field needed to create a new Goods Shipment is the Business Partner field.

All other fields are automatically populated based on the selected Business Partner, logged in User preferences and other system default parameters.

Some other fields to note:

There are 2 ways of entering lines into the sales order:

  1. Selecting products from pending to be shipped orders or invoices and specifying Storage Bin (Warehouse field) from where it should be shipped using the Create Lines From button. This option can be used several times to group several orders and / or invoices in one shipment. This is a most common approach.
  2. Manually, line by line. Is used if underlying document (Sales Order or Invoice) does not exist in the system prior shipment takes place.


Add or see products which are included in your shipment. Each product is shown on its own line.

Lines lists each product to be delivered and its characteristics.

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Fields to note:

Explode button is shown when selecting a line with a non-stockable BOM product and the product has not already been exploded. When exploding a product, the bill of materials components the selected product consists of are shown in the shipment. Once you have exploded it, you cannot comprime it. You should delete all the lines (first bill of materials components and then the BOM product), and insert again the non-stockable BOM product.

Complete button finishes shipment of the products to the customer and stock information gets updated accordingly (product levels go down).


Accounting information related to the material shipment

For more details please review the accounting article.

A "Goods Shipment" can be posted if the "MaterialMgmtShipmentInOut" table is set to Active for accounting in the Active Tables tab of the organization's general ledger configuration.

Goods Shipment posting creates the following accounting entries.

Posting record date: Accounting Date.

Account Debit Credit Comment
Product COGS (Cost of Goods Sold) Shipment Line Cost Amount One per Goods Shipment Line
Product Asset Shipment Line Cost Amount One per Goods Shipment Line

Posting a Goods Shipment requires to have the cost of the product/s contained in it calculated.
In the case of a goods shipment that is the average or the standard cost calculated depending on the Costing Algorithm used.


Once the cost have been calculated, the Goods Shipment can be posted to the ledger.

Automatic Invoice from Goods Shipment

Bulbgraph.png   This feature is available starting from 3.0PR19Q1.

When completing a goods shipment the confirmation popup will show a checkbox called Invoice if possible. If checked, the UI will allow the user to enter a valid Price List, Invoice Date and whether to complete or to leave as draft the new created sales invoice.


The lines not linked to a sales order will be always automatically invoiced. For the lines linked to a sales orders their respective invoice terms will be taken into account, thus generating the invoice lines only for the valid order lines. In both cases only the non-invoice-yet quantity will be invoiced.

Besides, the window shows a new button Generate Invoice from Shipment which allows the user to invoice the goods shipment at any time as long as the goods shipment is not fully invoiced yet. The Invoice Date, Price List and Process Invoice fields are also provided in this process following the same logic explained above.

Full list of Goods Shipment window fields and their descriptions is available in the Goods Shipment Screen Reference.

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