Barcode Registration

Barcodes, featuring parallel lines and machine-readable numbers, are essential for efficient supply chain management. They enable easy tracking of product details for retailers, manufacturers, and transport providers. Barcodes are distinguishable and clear, aiding in the identification of genuine products. This simple and universal system is applicable to various trades, companies, assets, documents, and entities, characterized by a specific length and numeric digits.


  • Barcodes come in one-dimensional (1D) or two-dimensional (2D) formats for straightforward identification. While there isn't a specific standard for barcodes, various codes are employed in industries, documents, and location tracking for products and shipments. A barcode, often a three-digit product code known as GTIN (Global Trade Identification Number), allows easy access to product information such as description and MRP. It serves to showcase the internet profile of products, being a global entity widely utilized by retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers. The data derived from barcodes is integral to processes like billing and stock management.

Documents Required for Barcodes:

  • Copy of GST registration certificate, MSME certificate, or FSSAI certificate (Choose one for proprietorship).
  • Copy of Partnership deed for partnership firms.
  • Copy of Certification of incorporation for companies or LLPs.

Benefits of Barcode Registration:

  • Barcode minimizes the possibility of human error.
  • It provides a quick and dependable source, ensuring real-time data accuracy.
  • It standardizes your products to international standards.
  • Due to its increasing demand, it is widely accepted in international markets.
  • It seamlessly integrates with your system software.


A 'barcode picture' is a machine-readable picture composed of vertical black bars and spaces with varying widths. When scanned by a barcode reader, the black bars and spaces are deciphered, revealing a unique 12 or 13-digit sequence of numbers known as the 'barcode number.'

EAN-13 barcode numbers consist of 13 digits, widely used for retail products in India and globally. In the USA, the 12-digit UPC code is more common, but most barcode scanners can read both types of codes effectively.

Upon a successful barcode application and becoming a GS1HK member, you will receive the following documents via email:
Membership confirmation letter containing the GS1 Company Prefix
Member Certificate (if applicable)
Login details for GS1HK Member Portal
Payment receipt.

The integration of barcodes in business processes automates procedures, enhancing productivity and minimizing human errors. In scenarios demanding accurate identification or tracking, barcoding proves invaluable. For instance, in data entry tasks, where vast amounts of data must be entered into a customer database, employing barcodes streamlines the process. Rather than manually inputting a customer identification number, operators can efficiently scan the barcode, fostering automation and diminishing the likelihood of human error.

Choosing the most suitable barcode type relies on factors such as the environment, specific requirements, application, and type of printer in use.

No, EAN/UPC, ITF-14, and GS1-128 barcodes have standardized data content, making them suitable for use by any company within the GS1 System without confusion with other symbologies. In contrast, barcodes like Code 39 lack a multi-industry standardized approach to their data, limiting their usability to controlled systems where interpretation is not prone to confusion.

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