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The GS1 Company Prefix is the foundation of authentic barcodes

A GS1 Company Prefix is a unique identification number issued just to your company—it’s part of every barcode, U.P.C. and GTIN you create and identifies your company as the brand owner in the global supply chain.


To get a barcode, you need a GS1 Company Prefix

You get a unique company identification number called a GS1 Company Prefix. It will identify your company to businesses all over the world
Using that prefix, you add a number that specifically identifies your product. Combined with a check digit, this creates a GTIN® (Global Trade Item Number®) that identifies both your company and that product
You take this GTIN and create a barcode from it that can be scanned (you can also use this GTIN for your online product listing)
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How many barcodes do you need?

Did you know that you can’t use the same barcode for two different items? Variations from one product to another will require a separate GTIN/U.P.C. barcode. You’ll need to identify the number of barcodes you need in order to get a GS1 Company Prefix, but we can help!

If Your U.P.C. Company Prefix is: You Can Create This Many U.P.C. Barcodes:
6 digits 100,000
7 digits 10,000
8 digits 1,000
9 digits 100
10 digits 10
How many Barcodes do you need?
For example, if you make three t-shirts, but each shirt comes in three sizes (small, medium, large), three styles (short sleeve, long sleeve, 3⁄4 sleeve), three colors (blue, pink, purple), and three packages (single, 2-pack, 3-pack), you need to identify 81 product variations (3 sizes x 3 styles x 3 colors x 3 packages = 81).


Our pricing schedule is based on the number of unique items that you need to identify. We have options that allow you to create as few as 10 unique products and as many as 100,000. Your initial fee provides the company prefix to you for one year. After that, you’ll pay the annual renewal fee to continue using the GS1 US-issued company prefix for your barcodes and product identification.

Number of Items Needing a Barcode / GTIN * Initial Fee Annual Renewal Fee
1 - 10 $250 $50
1 - 100 $750 $150
1 - 1,000 $2,500 $500
1 - 10,000 $6,500 $1,300
1 - 100,000 $10,500 $2,100
NDC / NHRIC Company Prefix $2,100 $2,100

*GS1 US reserves the right to change pricing on GS1 Company Prefix(es).

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In this publication, the letters “U.P.C.” are used solely as an abbreviation for the “Universal Product Code”, which is a product identification system. They do not refer to the UPC, which is a federally registered certification mark of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) to certify compliance with a Uniform Plumbing Code as authorized by IAPMO.