Although I know you cannot import Assembly items with the bill of materials, I am wondering whether an IIF import of the items list will bring in the names of the Assembly items
Hello there, @jla.
When importing assembly items, only the information from the item's custom fields will not be included. The names of the assembly items will also be included. Just ensure that the file only have one Quantity column to successfully import it.
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Your assembly items will not be removed once you export and import your Items list. I'm here to share a few insights and help you from there.
To start with, you can be able to export and import all names on your Items list but not the information of the Custom fields of your items.
In addition, here's an article you can read to learn more about exporting and importing your IIF files: Export or Import Intuit Interchange Format (.IIF) Files.
As always, you can visit our Help Articles page for QuickBooks Desktop if in case you need to learn some "How do I" steps.
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Thanks for your response. The Item name/number is not a custom field. So, are you saying if you export the items list from one company to an IIF file, the assembly items that are in that company will not be included in the export, and so will not be available to import into another company? Will all the assembly items on the list be removed because their type is assembly item?
Assembly items are NOT exported in an iif file, nor can they be imported
an item import will not erase items that already exist
RE: To start with, you can be able to export and import all names on your Items list but not the information of the Custom fields of your items.
You can import custom fields on an item. That's no an issue at all. You can see how to do this when you export your items list, where custom fields are defined, to an IIF file.
RE: Assembly items are NOT exported in an iif file, nor can they be imported
You can also export and import assembly items. The IIF file format is wonky, but works. You can see this in an IIF file if you export your items list. Below most other items will be your assemblies.
RE: You know before I answered I did export the item list, no assembly items exported
Did you look after the end of the Items list?
They look like this in the file QB created for me: