The GINC or Global Identification Number for Consignments is the GS1 Identification Key used to identify a logical grouping of logistics units that are assembled to be transported together under one transport document. A consignment identifies a grouping for transport purposes and must not be confused with a shipment which identifies a grouping for trade purposes. The GS1 Identification Key comprises a GS1 Global Company Prefix and the Freight Forwarder’s or Carrier’s transport reference and may be barcoded using the Application Identifier (401).

The GINC is constructed as:

GS1 Global Company Prefix >                 < Consignment Reference >
N1...NiXi+1...Xj (j<=30)

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