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Global Trade Item Number (GTIN)


Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is an umbrella term used to identify items including both products and services. The GTIN is the number commonly encoded in or found at the bottom of GS1 barcodes. The GTIN harmonizes the world to 14-digit data structures for all applications.

The GTIN format is required in order to be compliant with global identification standards. There are four forms of GTIN.

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Each of the following forms is a GTIN - all are from the same global number pool:

  • GTIN-12
    (previously known as a U.P.C.; used predominately in North America) Now housed in a database with two left positions zero-filled.

  • GTIN-13
    (previously known as an EAN code; used predominately in Europe/Asia) Now housed in a database with one left position zero-filled.

  • GTIN-14
    (previously known as a SCC-14 and used as a logistics application) Housed in a database - unchanged.

  • GTIN-8
    (used predominately in Europe/Asia) Now housed in a database with six left positions zero-filled.

GTIN is a 14-digit data structure. Use any of the four forms to insure that your company is globally compliant.


Numbering Structures 14-digit Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) *

 

T1

T2

T3

T4

T5

T6

T7

T8

T9

T10

T11

T12

T13

T14

GTIN-14

N1

N2

N3

N4

N5

N6

N7

N8

N9

N10

N11

N12

N13

N14

GTIN-13

0

N1

N2

N3

N4

N5

N6

N7

N8

N9

N10

N11

N12

N13

GTIN-12

0

0

N1

N2

N3

N4

N5

N6

N7

N8

N9

N10

N11

N12

GTIN-8

0

0

0

0

0

0

N1

N2

N3

N4

N5

N6

N7

N8