SAP S/4HANA® transformation in customs - with add-ons

SAP S/4HANA® transformation in customs - with add-ons

Due to the SAP S/4HANA® migration and the clean core concept, customs processing features are disappearing from the standard system. Here are good reasons why add-ons are the ideal alternative.

With S/4HANA, alternatives for customs processing are required

The SAP S4/HANA® migration is not just an IT project, but a fundamental system change which may well result in changes to the familiar standards. The challenge for customs officers: Due to the loss of familiar foreign trade features, such as preference calculation and commodity codes in the material master, new solutions are needed.

There are three alternatives: While minimalists rely on SAP International Trade, all-rounders opt for SAP GTS. However, if you want to use and simplify specific features, you can rely on add-ons. It depends on the use case in your company which of the three options is right for you.

SAP S/4HANA® transformation with add-ons: efficient and future-proof

If you opt for add-ons, there are practical advantages during use, implementation, and for S/4HANA migration. These are explained in more detail below:

1. Close gaps with exactly the features you need

If you opt for SAP add-ons, you benefit from individual options to close gaps that you can tailor exactly to your company’s requirements. As a user, you have the option of putting together your own system landscape in a resource-efficient, modular way.

Example: You want to automatically determine eight-digit and eleven-digit commodity codes for your customs processing, carry out preference calculations, manage supplier’s declarations, manage export control numbers and ECCNs for document codes. And you want intelligent processes for the turn of the year.
With the corresponding add-ons, you can integrate precisely these features quickly and easily into your familiar SAP environment. No more, no less.

You can carry out AI-based classification directly from your SAP® system using an add-on.
You can carry out AI-based classification directly from your SAP® system using an add-on.

2. Fast implementation in your SAP® system

Add-ons have a decisive technical advantage when it comes to implementation: Your IT can integrate them into your system landscape within a few working days. The cloud-based connection via web service to the AEB data center makes it possible. If the classic transports are still imported under ECC, use the SAP Add-On Installation Tool (transaction code SAINT) to integrate the corresponding AEB packages.

3. Automatic content service instead of manual maintenance work

Up-to-date data is essential to work without errors and in compliance with customs regulations: Stop worrying about who implements changes in customs law, revisions to the Harmonized System, new rules of origin and preferences as well as sanctions lists with the business services connected via add-on. Thanks to the automatic content service from the cloud, changes are always already implemented when you need them. 

This means you are always up to date without having to carry out manual checks.

4. Benefits for transformation to SAP S/4HANA®

In the migration phase to S/4HANA, add-ons allow you to do valuable preparatory work. Implement the desired features in your existing SAP® ERP and update them as soon as you switch to S/4HANA.

The corresponding installation packages are available in the AEB Service Portal. Your IT department can simply install them during the migration using the SAP Add-on Installation Tool – less effort for your IT, immediate benefit for your business departments.

Closing functional gaps and advancing the S/4HANA transformation

The SAP S/4HANA® migration brings with it new challenges on both a functional and technical level. The add-ons fit perfectly into the process: They selectively close functional gaps that arise as a result of the migration and simplify complex processes in a standardized user interface. 

At the same time, your IT is able to implement the add-ons quickly and with relatively little effort. This enables you to advance the S/4HANA transformation in an efficient and targeted manner.

You can find more information about AEB’s add-ons for SAP on our product page on add-ons for SAP®.