BarCode Registration


Open standards in general enable interoperability, flexibility and vendor independence which in turn result in reduction in end product costs to businesses and consumers. Flow of physical supplies and data sharing/querying also become faster, more accurate and seamless across multiple trading partners in supply chains.

Barcode Registration is provided by GS1.

GS1 is dedicated to the development and implementation of open, interoperable and user driven standards in Supply Chain Management. These widely implemented standards enable unique and universal identification of products, assets, services, entities/locations, data capture and seamless sharing of supply chain information between trading partners including manufacturers/ suppliers, retailers, logistics providers and also consumers.

No matter where a business is based or what language it uses, trading partners can always understand one another with the help of GS1 standards.

GS1 BarCodes

A barcode is a series of vertical bars and spaces carrying information about the object to which it is attached in a machine readable format. This property of a barcode enables its use as an effective tool for automatic identification and data capture. As opposed to manual data entry, which is tedious and prone to inaccuracies, barcodes enable automatic data capture with 100% accuracy.

GS1 BarCodes, encoding GS1 identifiers, are a globally accepted barcoding system that enables unique and universal identification of products, assets, logistics units etc. because of four key features:

  • Open : Used by organizations across industry throughout the world.
  • Available in standard formats: Standard formats facilitate data updation and modification.
  • Accurate : Low error rates – one error for millions of characters – and even these errors can be trapped by using a ‘check digit’ technique.
  • Quick : Quicker data capture, as the simplest of scanners can read a barcode printed as per GS1 specification at one go.

As an example, an item incorporating a GS1 BarCode would have a product code with prefix number ‘890’ (allocated to GS1 India by GS1 Global Office) signifying ownership by an Indian organisation.

Types of GS1 Barcodes

Different barcode applications have different data requirements depending on their usage. To meet such diverse requirements, GS1 provides standards for use with the different bar code symbols.

For example, a 13-digit GS1 code is commonly used with consumer goods whereas a “2D Matrix” symbol is increasingly becoming the symbol of choice in the healthcare sector.

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Barcode Registration Fee

Calculate your fee by selecting your turnover and number of products in the below pricing calculator.

Barcode Registration Fee Calculator

Points to consider while registering:

  • Barcode capacity (100, 1000, 10000, 100000) selected at the time of registration cannot be changed later. Example: if you register for 100 barcodes and if exhausted, you would be required to register again.
  • Subscription registration facility currently available for 1, 2, 3 or 10 Years which is subject to renewal on its expiry.
  • Attach a copy of the audited balance sheet in support of your sales turnover for year ending 31st March, 2013 or latest.

Revised Guidelines for Financial Assistance to Small Scale Industries Under MSME-MDA Scheme for Registration for Bar-coding. (w.e.f. 1st January, 2003)

Financial assistance will be given to MSE/Tiny sector units for adoption of international numbering standards used in Bar-Coding/E-commerce applications.

The first step towards adoption of bar coding, consists of applying to GS1 India (Under Ministry of Commerce) for a Bar-Code number to enable universal identification of their products worldwide for use with the bar code printed/labeled on the product package/consignment. However, MSEs/Tiny sector units intending to export exclusively to the USA and Canada need to use only a UPC number which would be allocated through GS1 India. This same UPC number will be valid for exports to European countries as well. In case any MSE wants to export to countries other than USA and Canada, they need to use only an GS1-Code.

Quantum of Assistance:

GS1 India charges one time registration fee  Check price for all categories of industries. Financial assistance under the MSME-MDA Scheme will be limited to 75% of the above amount for all categories of industries i.e. both Micro & Small Enterprises. In addition, annual renewal fee is charged by GS1 India for all units.

Procedure for obtaining financial assistance:

Reimbursement under the Scheme will be available to registered MSE/Tiny sector units.

Applicant unit should not have availed of any subsidy/financial assistance for the same purpose through any other scheme available through an industrial body or association with whom the company may be affiliated.

In order to avail of the financial assistance, an MSE/Tiny sector unit should first register with GS1 India for allocation of their unique GS1 or UPC company prefix alongwith the necessary documents as detailed herein and requisite payment as detailed above..

After allocation of the GS1 or UPC number, the concerned MSE/Tiny sector unit may apply to the Development commissioner (MSME) in Form VI alongwith the Annexures I to IV and the following documents.

  1. Copy of the allotment letter received from GS1 India towards allocation of the GS1 or UPC company prefix number.
  2. Copy of fee receipt paid by the unit to GS1 India for allocation of the GS1 or UPC company prefix number.