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 joining. If you’re unsure whether you need a UPC or not, please contact our Member Support on 0808 178 8799 or alternatively call 020 7092 3501.
Get in contact with GS1 US, if you still feel you need a UPC code.