SAP Movement Types

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SAP Movement TypesWhen you enter goods movement in the MIGO transaction or any other transaction dealing with material documents, you need to specify SAP Movement Types. SAP movement type is a three-character key which differentiates various material movements, e.g. Goods Receipt, Goods Issue or Transfer Posting.

SAP movement types has controlling functionality in SAP. They play the main role in account determination as well. For example, the movement type 101 used for Goods Receipt is configured to post accounting documents on the stock account as debit and GR/IR account as credit, whereas the movement type 201 used for Goods Issue is configured to post accounting documents on the stock account as credit and the cost center account as debit, and so on.

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SAP movement types also control the screen of the MIGO transaction. Every movement type has a specific automatic set of screens behind. So, when you use different SAP movement types, different types of screens appear in the transaction MIGO. SAP movement types can also influence message determination.

Furthermore, SAP movement types can be used with a Special Stock Indicator. For example, in Consignment Order, we use the movement type 201 with a special indicator K for consignment to perform goods issue to a cost center. It is also a classification key indicating the type of material movement (for example, goods receipt, goods issue, physical stock transfer).

SAP Movement Types Customizing (Transaction OMJJ)
SAP Movement Types Customizing (Transaction OMJJ)

SAP movement types enables the SAP system to find predefined posting rules determining how the accounts of the financial accounting module (stock and consumption accounts) are to be posted and how the stock fields in the material master record are to be updated.

Standard SAP Movement Types

The following table mentions the most commonly used SAP movement types in Materials Management module (H = Credit, S = Debit in Accounting Effect column).

Movement Type Description Accounting Effect Movement Type Description Accounting Effect
101 GR goods receipt S 412 TF own to own rev.
102 Reversal of GR H 501 GR without reference to PO S
122 RE return to vendor H 502 GR without reference to PO rev. H
123 RE rtrn vendor rev. S 511 Free of charge S
161 GR returns H 512 Free of charge rev. H
162 GR rtrns reversal S 551 GI scrapping H
201 GI for cost center H 552 RE scrapping S
202 RE for cost center S 561 Initial Entry of Stock Balances S
221 GI for project H 562 Initial Entry of Stock Balances rev. H
222 RE for project S 601 GD goods issue: delvy H
261 GI for Order H 602 RE goods deliv. rev. S
262 GI for Order rev. S 641 TF to stock in trans.
311 TR Slc to Slc in one step 642 TR to stock in trans.
312 TR Slc to Slc in one step rev. 651 GD ret.del. returns H
321 TF quality to unrest 652 GD ret.del. retn rev S
322 TR quality to unrest reversal 701 GR phys.inv.: whse S
343 TF blocked to unre. 702 GI phys.inv.: whse H
344 TR blocked to unre. 703 GR phys.inv: QI S
349 TF blocked to qual. 704 GI phys.inv: QI H
350 TR blocked to qual. 707 GR phys.inv.:blocked S
411 TF own to own 708 GI phys.inv.:blocked H

Purpose of SAP Movement Types

Movement Type: 101 is used for Goods Receipt against Purchase Order.

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Movement Type: 102 is Reversal of Material Document created with Movement type: 101.

Movement Type: 122 is used to Return goods to Vendor.

Movement Type: 123 is used when movement 122 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 161 is used when you return goods to vendor against a Purchase Order for unknown reasons.

Movement Type: 162 is used when movement 161 document is cancelled.

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Movement Type: 201 is used to do Goods Issue against Cost Center.

Movement Type: 202 is used when movement 201 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 221 is used to do Goods Issue against Projects.

Movement Type: 222 is used when movement 221 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 261 is used to do Goods Issue against Order.

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Movement Type: 262 is used when movement 261 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 311 is used to do Transfer Posting between Storage Locations in One Step.

Movement Type: 312 is used when movement 311 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 321 is used to Transfer Goods From Quality to UnRestricted Stock.

Movement Type: 322 is used to Transfer Goods From UnRestricted Stock to Quality.

Movement Type: 343 is used to Transfer Goods From Blocked to UnRestricted Stock.

Movement Type: 344 is used to Transfer Goods From UnRestricted Stock to Blocked.

Movement Type: 349 is used to Transfer Goods From Blocked to Quality Stock.

Movement Type: 350 is used to Transfer Goods From Quality Stock to Blocked.

Movement Type: 411 is used to do Transfer Own Stock to Own.

Movement Type: 412 is used when movement 411 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 501 is used to do Goods Receipt without Purchase Order.

Movement Type: 502 is used when movement 501 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 511 is used to do Free of Charge Goods Receipt.

Movement Type: 512 is used when movement 511 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 551 is used to do Goods Issue for Scrapping.

Movement Type: 552 is used when movement 551 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 561 is used for initial entry of stock (e.g., in SAP implementation project).

Movement Type: 562 is used for reversal of initial entry of stock.

Movement Type: 601 is used to do Goods Issue against Delivery.

Movement Type: 602 is used when movement 601 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 641 is used to Transfer Goods to Stock in Transit.

Movement Type: 642 is used when movement 642 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 651 is used For Return Delivery of Goods

Movement Type: 652 is used when movement 651 document is cancelled.

Movement Type: 701 is used to do Goods Receipt against Physical Inventory in Unrestricted.

Movement Type: 702 is used to do Goods Issue against Physical Inventory in Unrestricted.

Movement Type: 703 is used to do Goods Receipt against Physical Inventory in Quality Inspection.

Movement Type: 704 is used to do Goods Issue against Physical Inventory in Quality Inspection.

Movement Type: 707 is used to do Goods Receipt against Physical Inventory in Blocked Stock.

Movement Type: 708 is used to do Goods Issue against Physical Inventory in Blocked Stock.

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12 thoughts on “SAP Movement Types”

    1. i need example for understanding the moment types .
      it is very confusing to get now.
      will u pls help any one for each standard moment type as well as oossible

    1. Thanks for the comment! Information about 561 movement type was added to the article. 901 and 902 are not standard movement types. ‘9XX’ range is reserved for custom-developed movement types, so they can serve different purposes in different SAP configurations.

  1. Hi Cleo, Great info., is it enough to prepare for the interview (mvt types) on the MM part and if I am not wrong with the typo in the “movement type 161: Return goods to vendor against a Purchase Order for unknown returns” is it unknown returns or reasons

  2. i need example for understanding the moment types .
    it is very confusing to get now.
    will u pls help any one for each standard moment type as well as oossible

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