A lot of client’s ask us what is the difference between a GTIN vs UPC? In short, one in the same and both 12-digits long.

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 many different types of barcodes. However, the UPC symbol is the most recognized barcode in the United States, since it appears on almost every single retail product. The UPC number is the barcode representation of the GTIN-12 which consists of twelve numeric characters which 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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