A lot of customer consistently ask us what’s the difference GTIN vs UPC? In short, they are one in the same. A UPC-12 and GTIN-12 are one in the same.

GTIN: GTIN numbers are correctly called Global Trade Item Numbers or GTINs.

UPC: UPC numbers are correctly called Universal Product Code Numbers or UPCs.

There are a variety of different types of barcodes. However, the UPC symbol is the most recognized barcode in the United States, since it appears on almost every retail product. The UPC (Universal Product Number) symbol is the barcode representation of the GTIN-12 which consists of twelve numeric characters that uniquely identify a company’s individual product. The GTIN-12 number is part of the family of GS1 global data structures that can be encoded into various types of data carriers.


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