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Universal Product Codes (UPC-A)

For use in North America

UPC-As (or GTIN-12s) are still in use across North America and your trading partner may sometimes request that you use these instead of the standard GTIN-13 that is used globally today. 

Please note that in most cases a UPC is a generic term used by US retailers when referring to a barcode. GTIN-13s (or EANs) are a global standard that should also be accepted by any major US retailer, so we strongly advise you to check that you require a UPC prefix before applying. If you’re unsure whether you need a UPC or not, please contact our Member Support on 0808 178 8799 or

Because UPC prefixes are issued and regulated by GS1 US and we have to submit your information to them on your behalf, it may take up to 5 working days for a prefix to be allocated to you.

We can supply you with a prefix for a range of GTIN-12s and you can choose a prefix that allows you to create a range of 1,000, 10,000 or 100,000 numbers.

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