Global Trade Item Number

This unique code enables all company’s trading partners to easily identify its products and communications about those items.

What is the GTIN-13 code?

The Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) or EAN-13 code is a 13-digit code identifying product units destined for the retail point of sale.

It makes it possible to quickly recognise an item in a supply chain in a unique, global and unambiguous fashion and be able to perform inventory or check its associated characteristics.

This unique code enables all company’s trading partners to easily identify its products and communications about those items.

A GTIN code can be accompanied by a graphic representation in the form of a barcode.

To obtain a GTIN code and its related barcode you need to address a GS1 association.

Benefits of using GTIN-13

  • Item traceability and monitoring

  • Unequivocal product identification

  • Inventory and stock control

  • Access to precise item information

  • International nature of the classification, across any market and sector

What is GTIN-14?

There is a GTIN code variant formed of 14 digits, called GTIN-14.

This code is used to identify groups of units such as boxes or packing cases. The use of this code facilitates data acquisition in goods delivery, reception, storage and transport processes.

The graphic representation of GTIN-14 is called ITF-14.

Advantages of using GTIN-14

  • Control in warehousing and distribution processes.

  • When performing a standard identification process of products and packing units, you can carry out efficient commercial transactions via EDI.

  • Control of finished product and raw material inventories.

  • Minimise costs by using an international standard.

  • Streamline data capture with lower error margins.

  • Fewer despatch errors.

What is the GS1-128 code?

To manage information pertaining to logistics facilities, the barcode used will be GS1-128. This is a code that identifies shipping units and can't be read at the retail point of sale. It makes it possible to add characteristics and relevant information to products and groups of products. It is used in warehouse environments to ensure correct goods traceability and monitoring.

A GS1-128 code can be used to build a pallet label that will contain information on the company, readable batch data and a barcode.

Uses of GS1-128

  • Capture the principal characteristics associated with logistics facilities and business units.

  • Ensure monitoring and traceability across the supply chain.

  • Operational efficiency in warehouses and with logistics operators.