Transferred In Cost

Transferred-in costs are expenses that amass during an organization's upstream manufacturing processes. Transferred-in costs are expenses incurred by the product at each specific stage of manufacturing. They are "transferred in" to the new business department that gets the half finished product and is responsible for continuing the production process. Manufacturing costs from multiple departments and industrial processes are combined into transferred-in costs.

How Transferred-In Costs Work?

For businesses that manufacture similar units continuously through a succession of operations, such as those in the petroleum, chemical, textile, and food processing industries, transferred-in costs are more frequently employed in cost accounting.

Purposes Of Transfer Pricing

The following are the main goals of transfer pricing:

  • Generating distinct profits for each of the divisions and permitting performance assessment of each division independently.
  • Transfer pricing would have an impact on a company's resource allocation in addition to the stated earnings of each center (Cost incurred by one center will be considered as the resources utilized by them).

Example Of Transferred-In Costs

Let's examine a case in point. Distillation, cracking, treating, and reforming are a few of the processes that go into oil refinement. The distilling division starts with a $250,000 working inventory (we'll call it the In-Process Inventory).

Distilling transfers its finished product to Cracking after finishing its production tasks. Costs related to this product are then moved from distilling to cracking as a result. Use an In-Process Inventory account to record this transaction (you could also call it Work In Progress Inventory).

In other words:

  1. Distillery maintains a record of its ongoing inventory (Debit)
  2. Updates to the Cracking In-Process Inventory Account (Credit)


  • The term "transferred-in costs" refers to expenses incurred throughout an organization's upstream manufacturing processes.
  • Manufacturing costs from multiple departments and industrial processes are combined into transferred-in costs.
  • They are frequently employed by businesses including those in the petroleum, chemical, textile, and food processing industries that manufacture continuous, identical units through a succession of processes.
  • The costs incurred during production in department A would be "transferred-in costs" for department B, for instance, if department A is responsible for starting a widget and department B is responsible for finishing the widget.
  • The accumulated cost of a product when it first enters the production department is referred to as transferred-in cost.
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