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Time zones in Material Documents

Updated May 18, 2018

Hello SAP Experts,

When end-user creates a Goods Movement with the help of MM transactions or confirming an Order, SAP System stores and displays the corresponding material document using a time zone which does not consider the time zone that end-user is located.

The issue can be re-generated by following:

  1. First, create and release a Process Order.
  2. Then please confirm Process Order in transaction CORK, checking date and time of entry.
  3. Now display material document generated by the Process Order confirmation and notice that time of entry is not the same.


  • 08 May 2017 3:34 pm Rohit Mahajan Helpful Answer

    The following information are available in the program while a transaction runs:

    • SY-DATUM system date
    • SY-UZEIT system time
    • SY-DATLO local date in user's timezone
    • SY-TIMLO local time in user's timezone
    • SY-ZONLO user's timezone (e.g. CET)

    While you post a material document, some of this information is written into the document header table MKPF:

    • SY-DATUM is written into MKPF-CPUDT (Document entry date)
    • SY-UZEIT is written into MKPF-CPUTM (Document entry time)

    Also the local date is written into the 'Posting date'.

    • SY-DATLO is written to MKPF-BUDAT (if no BUDAT was entered manually)

    This information refers to system time. For several applications within the standard program it is required to know the exact system date and time when a document has been posted.We cannot replace information in MKPF-CPUTM with the user's time (SY-TIMLO). This would cause problems for other processes.

    According to standard system design there is currently no requirement to store the local time (SY-TIMLO) in the document header. This logic can also not be modified by Customization.

    It is impossible to display the system date and time of Material Documents in the user's local time zone. Conversion of date and time into the time zone configured in the User's account settings is not possible in SAP Standard.

    This information, the posting date, is required information in order to derive accounting data, such as the FI period, or the currency conversion rates.

  • 08 May 2017 3:35 pm Romil Tripathi

    The issue mentioned above is a standard system design for Material Documents.