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Licence and registration fees

Fee Structure and Schedule

New GS1 Licence Application Fees

GS1 licence fees are quoted at the annual rate and are valid January – December of the current calendar year.

Pro-rata fees

Applications for new GS1 prefix licences received between February and September each year are invoiced on a pro-rata basis for the remaining months of the year i.e. a new licence issued in March will be billed at 10/12 (i.e. 5/6) of the annual amount. All licences are then renewed at the annual rate in January of the following year.

Applications received between October and December

For new licences purchased on or after the 1st October each year, the licence fees are billed for the remainder of the current year plus the annual fee for the following year i.e. a new licence purchased in October will be billed at the equivalent 15 month rate.

Annual GS1 Licence Renewals and Cancellations

All licence fees are automatically renewed in January of each year and payment is collected by direct debit in February. You must provide us with adequate notice of a cancellation if you no longer use your licence and do not wish it to renew in January. Cancellations must be submitted in writing and accompanied by a fully completed and signedGS1 Cancellation Form which can be downloaded here.

If you have sold your business or a product line and another entity is now responsible for maintaining the licence please contact our Helpdesk immediately on 01 208 0660 to arrange a GS1 Licence Transfer. A Licence Transfer Notification Form can be downloaded here.

Direct debit policy

GS1 Ireland Licence Fees are payable annually and are collected by Direct Debit, 30 days after date of invoice. A decision was taken by the Board of GS1 in December 2010 to implement a mandatory direct debit policy for all membership accounts. An administration (manual handling) fee of €50 is charged to non – direct debit accounts or to any account that fails to maintain a valid Direct Debit Mandate. This is to cover the additional costs involved in the collection of outstanding invoices. To avoid this charge all existing members without a direct debit on file are invited to submit a Direct Debit Mandate for the collection of future annual invoices. A direct debit mandate can be downloaded here: SEPA Direct Debit Mandate.

2017 Direct Debit Renewals

The 2017 annual invoices for GS1 licence renewal were issued on Jan 4th 2017. Direct Debit payments were collected 30 days after date of invoice on Monday February 6th 2017.

Additional use cases

The fees listed here apply to most commonly used identifiers when utilised in general supply chain environments. However, licences fees may vary depending on the application and economic value of the GS1 identifiers used within a given sector/environment – please contact GS1 Ireland for further information.

Licence Fees for Services

The above information relates to the fees for membership and GS1 prefix / identifier licences. Licences fees for data synchronisation (GDSN), fTRACE and other value-added services are quoted separately. Please contact your GS1 Account Manager for further information.

All new Members of GS1 Ireland pay a one-time Registration Fee which is levied according to organisation size. The registration fee is applied based on your company's latest audited turnover (or estimated first year's turnover for new stat-ups) and is split into three bands; under €1 million, €1 - €5 million and over €5 million.

Rates valid as of 1st October 2015

Rate VAT Total
Turnover < €1 million €99 €22.77 €121.77
Turnover < €5 million €200 €46.00 €246.00
Turnover > €5 million €415 €95.45 €510.45

The registration fee is a once-off charge and includes a €50 training voucher and a voucher to receive your first two barcode symbol verifications free-of-charge. Terms and Conditions apply.

The annual licence fees detailed below are shown by licence type (size of Global Company Prefix) and by organisational turnover band. Please note that not all licences are available to all organisations. New licences will be billed on a pro-rata basis depending upon the month in which the application is made. Terms and Conditions apply. 

Barcodes are created using a unique prefix allocated to a named and registered company. The size and variety of your product range, or the business application, will determine which prefix is appropriate to your organisation. Barcode numbers are of a fixed size. The shorter your company prefix e.g. 7 or 9 digits the larger the number bank range you have to work with. Similarly, a long prefix e.g. 11 digits has a smaller more limited numbering capacity.

If you are unsure which prefix is appropriate for implementation in your organisation please call Membership Services on +353 1 208 0660 and we will be happy to advise you.  

Current Annual Licence Fees

GCP 11 Licence - an 11 digit prefix

For artisan producers and new small business start-ups only. (Max 10 product or outer case numbers possible.)

Annual Rate VAT @ 23% Total
Turnover under €1 million €100 €23.00 €123.00
Turnover between €1 million and €5 million €100 €23.00 €123.00

GCP 9 Licence - a 9 digit prefix

The standard prefix for general distribution. Up to 1,000 identification numbers possible.

Annual Rate VAT @ 23% Total
Turnover under €1 million €284 €65.32 €349.32
Turnover between €1 million and €5 million €284 €65.32 €349.32
€5 million - €20 million €320 €73.60 €393.60
€20 million - €50 million €340 €78.20 €418.20
€50 million - €100 million €350 €80.50 €430.50
€100 million - €250 million €355 €81.65 €436.65
€250  million - €500 million €360 €82.80 €442.80
€500 million - €750 million €360 €82.80 €442.80
€750 million - €1 billion €370 €85.10 €455.10
€1 billion - €1.5 billion €380 €87.40 €467.40
Turnover over €1.5 billion €380 €87.40 €467.40

GCP 7 Licence - a 7 digit prefix

Generate all 11 types of GS1 identification number including product and outer case barcodes and Serial Shipping Container Codes (SSCCs).

Annual Rate VAT @ 23% Total
Turnover from €5 million to over €1.5 billion €1,310 €301.30 €1,611.30

Purchase credits to use in Barcode Manager to generate barcode symbol images for barcode numbers as you allocate them. Symbols can be downloaded to use on your packaging or labels. Bundles of credits are more economical than single symbol credits.

Please note: If your graphic designer or printer is capable of generating barcode symbols for you, as part of your packaging design process, you do not need to purchase and download symbols through Barcode Manager. The use of Barcode Manager to allocate barcode numbers and store product information is free-of-charge to paid up members - only the symbol generation component is a paid-for service.

Barcode Symbol Credit Prices

Barcode Symbol Image Credits for Barcode Manager Rate VAT @ 23% Total
Barcode Symbol Image (Single) (1 credit) €20 €4.60 €24.60
Barcode Symbol Image Credits (Bundle of 5) €75 €17.25 €92.25
Barcode Symbol Image Credits (Bundle of 10) €100 €23.00 €123.00
Barcode Symbol Image Credits (Bundle of 20) €150 €34.50 €184.50
Barcode Symbol Image Credits (Bundle of 30) €180 €41.40 €221.40

Barcode Manager can be used to generate an image file (eps, jpeg, png or gif) of your chosen barcode number. The credit fee is purely for image generation and download and does not include the actual licence fee for the number itself. 

If exporting to the United States and/or Canada please call Membership Services on 01 2080660 for a UPC Application Form and details of pricing.

Applying for a UPC barcode

GS1 Ireland will make an application to the US on your behalf should your distributor or retail customer specifically require a UPC barcode rather than an EAN barcode. Please confirm this with your customer before applying as many businesses refer to all barcodes as "UPCs" even though a standard 13 digit EAN barcode may be acceptable.

Licence for an EDI mailbox number

A GLN or Global Location Number is used to uniquely identify a legal entity for the purpose of electronic business transactions such as invoices and orders. When signing up for EDI with a provider you will be asked to provide a GLN for your mailbox. A GLN can be licenced from GS1 Ireland for this purpose.

Annual Rate VAT @23% Total
GLN for EDI Mailbox €160 €36.80 €196.80

Specialist application barcodes 

Some items, such as variable measure products, coupons and very small items that cannot accommodate a standard barcode, require a specially adapted number. Licence fees for these number types are outlined below.

Rate VAT @ 23% Total
Euro denominated coupon prefixes €85 €19.55 €104.55
Sterling (GBP) denominated coupon prefixes €185 €42.55 €227.55
Branded Variable Weight (BVW) barcode prefixes €115 €26.45 €141.45
Short codes (single 8 digit GTIN) €45 €10.35 €55.35


GS1 member registration, selected services including data synchronisation and fTRACE as well as many annual licence fees are levied in accordance with company size, based on a range of annual turnover bands. Details of these bands are outlined below. All new members will be asked to identify which turnover band is appropriate to their organisation, based on the latest audited turnover for that company or group of companies.

Company Size - Annual Turnover Bands

Size Annual Company or Group Turnover Band

Up to €1 million

€1 million - €5 million


€5 million - €20 million
Medium  €20 million - €50 million

€50 million - €100 million

€100 million - €250 million

€250 million - €500 million

€500 million - €750 million

€750 million - €1 billion

€1 billion - €1.5 billion

Over €1.5 billion