Global Trade Item Number

Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) identify products or services. Product identification numbers, such as GTIN-8, GTIN-12, GTIN-13, and GTIN-14, are drawn from the worldwide system of Global Trade Item Numbers. Note: GTIN-8 is not used on shipping containers. Refer to the Global Terms for a complete description of new terminology utilized in product and carton identification. The new terminology is a global approach to standardization of product and carton identification.

When placed in a database, all GTINs should be stored in the GTIN format. This preserves the integrity of each unique GTIN. In order to place GTIN-8, GTIN-12, and GTIN-13 numbers in the GTIN format, they are right-justified and zero filled (see Table 1.3.1 - 1). To ensure uniqueness, all GTINs must be processed in their entirety.

Databases should accommodate and process all of the data keys, including the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) data formats GTIN-12, GTIN-13, and GTIN-14.

Database Alignment of Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN)

GTIN Position

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

GTIN-8

0

0

0

0

0

0

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

C

GTIN-12

0

0

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

C

GTIN-13

0

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

C

GTIN-14

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

C

N represents the Company Prefix and the Item Reference
C represents the Check Digit