Australian Barcode – 93 Barcode 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.
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.
We are a member of an international network of barcode sellers that have customers in more than 120 countries using our barcodes without any problems.
People ask – can I get an ‘Australian Barcode’? (ie 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.
And if you think you MUST have a 93 (so-called Australian barcode) – they are usually completely unnecessary and expensive. We have tens of thousands of HAPPY customers in Australia using hundreds of thousands of our 07 barcode numbers on products they are selling in Australia and worldwide.