Common questions

What is the difference between a barcode from GS1 and others I see on the internet?

If you are researching barcode numbers on the internet you may come across websites offering you barcodes at a very cheap one-off rate. These operators are not part of the GS1 network and are not authorised to sell GS1 numbers.

 
Who is GS1?

GS1 global standards are the most widely used supply chain standards in the world. Over 2 million organisations across the globe use GS1 Standards today, to identify, capture and share information about their products, services, locations and assets.

 
What is a GTIN?

A "GTIN" or Global Trade Item Number is the official term for a barcode number - the code that uniquely identifies a product or service. A GTIN is built up from a GS1 Company Prefix (GCP) to create a full barcode number.

 
How much does a barcode cost?

There are two fees involved to register for a barcode - a once-off registration fee and an annual licence fee for your barcode prefix.

 
How do I get an EAN or UPC code to list my product online with eBay or Amazon?

Selling on a retail website or online platform such as Amazon, ebay or Google Shopping? Get an EAN, UPC or GTIN code to identify your product for the seller.

 
Barcode Symbols

An introduction to the seven groups of GS1 barcode symbols, how they are used and their print specifications.

 
Do barcode symbols need to be a particular size?

There are global guidelines on the target size, height and width for each type of barcode symbol.