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What is a barcode?​

A Barcode represents numbers or letters in a machine-readable format that can be decoded, recorded and processed by a computer system when read by a barcode scanner. They are used to encode information such as key identifiers (Product, Shipment, Location) and key attributes (serial number, Batch/Lot numbers, expiration date etc.) 

What is a GLN?

The Global Location Number (GLN) is a globally unique GS1 Identification Key used to identify parties and locations. The GLN allows users to answer the questions “who” and “where” within their own organization and throughout the entire, global supply chain. 

How do I register for a GS1 Nigeria Barcode?

To get GTINS (Barcodes) for your trade items and other products. Kindly visit our website at and view the scale of fees table to know the price of getting a GS1 barcode number enables your products to be sold at any point of sales outlet across the globe. Each product needs a unique GTIN and every significant change (size, color, type, model, measure etc.) in the same product involves a NEW GTIN. Click on request a barcode and select manufacturer sign up. complete the application/registration forms. Follow the prompts and provide all details required in asterisks.

What Documents do I Need To Register To Get GS1 Barcodes

The required document needed to register to get a gs1 barcodes include the following:

  1. CAC Certificate
  2. Utility Bill
  3. Signed completed membership document issued by GS1
  4. Proof of payment

Does your barcode require any renewal?

Yes, as long as the Global Trade Item Numbers are placed on your products. The prices can be seen on the scale of fees on our website

Are your barcodes accepted internationally?

Yes, GS1 barcodes are the only recognized barcode numbers accepted globally and locally. This is done by ensuring that our standards are kept within the supply chain.

How do I assign each product to a Barcode/GTIN?

You would be required to login to your portal via our website with the username and password that was sent to your company’s email address upon your barcode allocation.

When I scan my products barcode with my phone, I don’t see any information?

As long as you scan the barcode and it displays the numbers below that signifies a good scan. Further information can be seen when such GTINS (Barcode Numbers) is searched on google to reveal product information on our data repository.


  • GTIN-13 (EAN-13): This is the barcode you typically see on most consumer goods in retail environments. It consists of 13 digits and is used for identifying products at the item level. 
  • GTIN-14 (ITF-14): This barcode is used for marking cartons, cases, or pallets of products. It contains 14 digits and helps manage inventory and shipments at a higher packaging level. 
  • GTIN-12 (UPC-A): This is the Universal Product Code used primarily in the United States and Canada. It consists of 12 digits and is commonly used on retail products. 
  • GTIN-8 (EAN-8): This is a shorter version of the EAN-13 barcode, with 8 digits. It’s used for marking small items where space for a larger barcode is limited. 
  • GS1 Data Matrix and GS1 QR Code: In addition to linear barcodes, GS1 standards also include 2D barcodes like Data Matrix and QR Code. These codes can store more information in a smaller space and are used for applications like tracking and traceability.