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2771375 - How to resolve Error in Supplier Invoice : 'Follow-on item does not have predecessor and must be deleted'


When you are trying to post a supplier invoice, you get the error message saying "Follow-on item does not have predecessor and must be deleted".


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Supplier Invoicing work center
  2. Search for affected invoice
  3. Select Post or Check button
  4. Error appears:Follow-on item does not have predecessor and must be deleted


This happens mostly in case of invoices where return to supplier has been created for one or more items. The reference quantity has not been updated correctly in the cost distribution of that item for which return to supplier document has been created.


You can remove the line item for which return document has been created and reenter the item, then the system will refresh the data and correctly update the reference quantity.


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