Using the SAP regional structure, addresses entered (for example, for business partners, orders, or purchase orders) are checked for correctness (spelling, correct postal code, ...) against reference data. Address entry is facilitated by search helps and automatic supplements.
The SAP regional structure is automatically available to objects that use Business Address Services (in releases up to Basis 4.6D: Central address management). Other applications can use the SAP regional structure by installing the function module ADDR_REGIONAL_DATA_CHECK.
Another option for postal validation is to use
Reference data has to have been created for the postal codes, cities, and streets of the countries for which the SAP regional structure is to be activated. There are two ways in which you can fill the SAP regional structure:
Activating the SAP Regional Structure
The address check against the regional structure can be activated by country. There is a switch for this in field XREGS of thecountry table T005. This field can be maintained in transaction OY17 or transaction SPRO (SAP Reference IMG ® General Settings ® Set countries ® Set country-specific checks) (input field "City file active").
When an address is entered, the following points are checked:
If an incomplete address is entered, the system tries to determine the missing entries independently.
The country always has to be entered. That is subsequently presupposed. The following is possible, for example:
There are search fields for the fields "Street" and "City" that can be used to fill several address fields in one go. The search help for the street returns, for example, the city, country, and region, as well as the street.