Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) Infographic


U.P.C.s, Barcodes, and GS1 Company Prefixes

Build your sales and your business by creating barcodes, U.P.C.s, and GTINs

Every second, every day, companies conduct business with each other through U.P.C. barcodes based on GS1 Standards. And more online marketplaces require businesses they work with to use unique product identifiers, called GTINs (Global Trade Item Numbers).

U.P.C. barcodes and GTINs make it easier to sell your products in stores and on the web. They also allow you to streamline supply, fulfillment, and invoicing activities with the people you trade with. You can also use them to help address regulatory requirements like U.S. FDA UDI*. Whether you need a barcode to sell products, ship and track pallets and cases, or share product information electronically, GS1 US® has the knowledge, tools, and industry experience to help you create and use barcodes to grow your business.

To learn more about barcodes or start creating one, select an option below.

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Barcoding Basics

What is a barcode? What is a GTIN? What can they do for your business? This is the place to find out.

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Get Started Guide

We’ll guide you through the process of identifying your products and creating your barcodes. It all starts with getting a GS1 Company Prefix.

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Additional Ways to Identify Products

From GS1 US Mobile Scan to RFID, discover other ways product identification can grow your business.

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In this publication, the letters “U.P.C.” are used solely as an abbreviation for the “Universal Product Code”, which is a product identification system. They do not refer to the UPC, which is a federally registered certification mark of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) to certify compliance with a Uniform Plumbing Code as authorized by IAPMO.

*For information about the rule, see the U.S. FDA Unique Device Identification System 

Disclaimer: GS1 US is the local GS1 Member Organization that supports implementation of the GS1 System in the United States. GS1 US employees are not representatives or agents of the U.S. FDA, and the content herein has not been reviewed, approved, or authorized by the U.S. FDA.

GS1 is a U.S. FDA-Accredited Issuing Agency for UDI, and GS1 Standards are authorized for use in implementing the requirements of the U.S. FDA UDI Rule.