GTIN – Global Trade Identification Numbers

GTIN’s stands for Global Trade Identification Numbers. GTINs identify products in retail databases. There are various formats or symbologies.  There are 14, 13, 12 or 8 digit GTINs. The GTIN number is what is encodedi into the black and white lines of a barcode. Hence when a barcode is scanned, or typed, into a retailer’s database it finds the data entered against that number. That is why you cannot use the same GTIN on more than one product variant. Also this is why you cannot make up barcode numbers. It is a proctected numbering system.

GTIN‑13 are the most common GTIN worldwide. They are 13 digit numbers. They distinguish items sold at retail level. Most items you buy in any store will have an EAN-13 barcode printed on the packaging.

GTIN‑12 are standard in the USA and Canada. They are 12 digits long and are used UPC-A barcode format.

GTIN‑8 are only for small products that cannot fit an EAN-13. EAN8s are expensive to acquire as they are in short supply. We do not supply EAN8 numbers. However, we can supply EAN8 barcode images for your EAN-8 numbers.

GTIN‑14 identify cartons of multiple product for shippers for inwards goods at the warehouse, not for checkout use. The GTIN‑14 number is based on the GTIN-13 or GTIN-12 number on the retail items inside the container.

We hope this helps you make sense of the different GTINs available. Let us know if you have any questions.

ean13 barcode example
Example of GTIN-13