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Difference for GR/IR between FBL3N and MB5S

Hi experts;

     I have received an issue from the A/P accountant that by making comparison between the balance for GR/IR account at FBL3N from FI Vs. MB5S at MM there is a difference, however the logic says that they should be the same as was the situation in previous periods.

     With search on SCN forums and other related sites I found that there was same issue but with no answer and no logic explanation.

one answer which I found but I am not convinced about it or can not understand it is:


Once there is a difference between IR and GR due to price difference, then for

the case of stock item, if the stock coverage is not sufficient, then such price

change will be posted to PRD Price Difference Account. Another case was dealing

directly with unplanned delivery costs where you would like to post such

additional costs to stock account and since the stock is not sufficiently

covered, the price difference account will be debited with such amount

difference. For foreign currency PO, the KDM account will be used during IR



I do not know what is the relation of price difference and such issue, because as far I know that the GR/IR affected only by two transactions:

1. Goods receipt which creates FI Doc.:

     Dr. Inventory.

        Cr. GR/IR.

2. Receiving Inv. from vendor and record it from MIRO which creates FI Doc.:

     Dr. G/IR

        Cr. Vendor

So what is the relation for price difference or Physical inventory or any else account related to the inventory movements?


1. we close the IR to happen before GR because in our business case we may never record any invoice for a vendor without GR. that is why steps are GR at first then IR and entries are done in same sequence as shown above.

2. We have no any currency transaction. i.e. no foreign currency revaluation takes place.

So, Kindly if someone can help with giving any logical reason for such difference or any process or transactions should be carried out on SAP to settle such difference please advice

Thanks in advance;

Kind regards;

Ahmad Mahmud;

Former Member
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