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2874145 - Cancellation of Purchase Order not Possible


You want to cancel the purchase order ABC but the system gives you this error message:"Cancellation of purchase order not possible".


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Purchase Requests and Orders work center.
  2. Select the Purchase Order view.
  3. Search, open and view all the purchase order ABC.
  4. Click Cancel Purchase Order button.
  5. This triggers an error message: "Cancellation of purchase order not possible".


You might have one or multiple line items under the status:"In Preparation".


Canceling is only allowed for sent items as to cancel means that there needs to be an output message informing a supplier of the cancellation.

So when you are trying to cancel the whole purchase order ABC, it goes through each item to cancel, but it cannot cancel one or multiple line items due to their "In Preparation" status.

Therefore, you need to remove or delete the line items that are "In Preparation" status so that you will be able to cancel the purchase order ABC.


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