93 Barcode Numbers

In countries where GS1 exists, the ONLY legal way to get a specific country code like 93 barcode numbers is to join GS1. GS1 is a membership organisation which distributes barcodes by licensing them out for a yearly fee. Companies like Barcodes Australia, who sell barcodes for a one off cost, provide numbers typically starting with 06, 07 or 08 (which signifies the barcodes originated in the USA). If you see a company claiming to sell barcodes starting with your local country code (93 in Australia), they are almost certainly selling made up or illegal numbers.

The country of origin myth

Many people mistakenly believe that the first few digits of the barcode numbers show the product’s country of origin. However, the barcode number says NOTHING accurate about the country of origin of the product. The only thing that these first few digits show is the country of origin of the number. So, in reality, products that come from Australia can have any barcode number on them.

If you want to demonstrate that your product is made in Australia, then the best way to do this is to print “Made in Australia” or something similar on your product. This is an advertising claim and must be provable if challenged. (Some manufacturers also print “Made in Australia” directly above the barcode to help customers). The Australian Government Business website (business.gov.au) has lots of useful Product Labelling information.

93 Made in Australia              Made in Australia

The idea that barcode numbers show the country of origin of the product is an old myth that has been thoroughly debunked. Please see this Snopes article for a detailed explanation.

To get suitable retail barcodes for use in Australia, you can purchase EAN-13 Barcodes. If your primary market is North America, UPC-A Barcodes may be more appropriate.

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