Explain the use of ‘Direct’ or ‘Indirect Quotations.’

It is possible to maintain the exchange rates, in SAP, by either of these two methods. What determines the use of a particular type of quotation is the business transaction or the market standard (of that country).

SAP adopts two prefixes to differentiate direct and indirect quotes during entering/displaying a transaction:

  • ‘’—Blank, no prefix. Used in Direct Quotation
  • ‘/’—Used in Indirect Quotation

When there is no prefix entered, (blank), the quotation is construed as the ‘direct quote’ by the system. Possible scenarios include:

  • The company in question is mainly using the ‘Indirect Quotation.
    • Use ‘’ (blank) as the prefix for default notation for indirect quotation. Use ‘’ as the prefix for the rarely used direct quotation. If someone tries entering a transaction using direct quotation, but without the ‘’ in the exchange rate input field, the system will issue a warning.
  • The company in question is mainly using the ‘Direct Quotation.’
    • You do not need any specific settings as the default is the ‘’ (blank) prefix for the direct quotation, and ‘/’ for the indirect quotation. So, unless you make a transaction entry with ‘/’ prefix, the system takes all the entries as that of direct quotation.
  • There could be instances where you are required to configure in such a way that a prefix is mandatory irrespective of the type of quotation. In this case, define the direct quotation prefix as ‘’, and the indirect one as the system default ‘/’ prefix. This necessitates a prefix each of the entries either by ‘’ or ‘/.’ Otherwise, the user will get a warning to correct the entry.

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