# What EAN-13 barcode numbers Mean?

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## What EAN-13 barcode numbers Mean?

What is an EAN-13 Barcode? The EAN-13 barcode is used more than any other barcode worldwide. The EAN-13 barcode encodes a GTIN-13 and is used to identify individual items at retail point of sale. It can also be used for trade units sold to consumers, e.g. a case of wine.

### How do you write a European Article Number?

How do I get an EAN code? You must visit the GS1 website, which is a non-profit organization for standards in global business communication. The original provider for EAN code is GS1, but there are online websites that resell the 13 digit number.

#### Is GTIN-13 and EAN-13 the same?

GTIN-13 codes consist of a barcode symbol in the EAN-13 symbology and are used to scan a given 13-digit GTIN number, formerly called EAN number. This change was purely a name change and does not affect any of the functionality of the barcodes. GTIN stands for Global Trade Identification Number.

Does EAN-13 have a check digit?

In the EAN-13 code, the first 12 digits of the number identify the item the code is attached to, and the final digit is a ‘check digit’. The check digit for an EAN-13 code is calculated as follows: Count digit positions from the left to the right, starting at 1. Sum all the digits in odd positions.

How do I encode EAN-13?

NOTE: Encoding a UPC-A symbol is identical to encoding a EAN-13, a “0” is simply inserted in front of the UPC-A code itself (i.e., if the bar code is 075678164125, a zero is inserted before the code, making the EAN-13 symbol 0075678164125).

## How do I generate an EAN-13 barcode?

1. EAN-13 / JAN-13 barcode may have additional digits (2 or 5 digits).
2. If you are enter less than 12 digits, sufficient number digit 0 is added to complete the code (12 digits).
3. To generate EAN-13 / JAN-13 barcode with additional digits specify it as such:
4. • 123456789012:12.
5. • 123456789012:12345.

### Can EAN barcodes be used in the US?

Both EAN and UPC codes are compatible with most scanning systems, so they can usually be used in any country: a) EAN-13 codes are compatible with most scanning systems in the USA. This means that imported products labeled with EAN-13 codes do not have to be re-labeled with a different barcode for USA retail sale.

#### Is a UPC 12 or 13 digits?

A UPC is a 12-digit barcode used in North America to identify most products. The rest of the world uses 13-digit EAN barcodes to identify products. However, both types of barcodes are part of GS1’s international standards, so both are accepted globally.

What is the barcode of France?

Barcode Prefixes & Country of Origin

Barcode Prefix Description
300 – 379 GS1 France
380 GS1 Bulgaria
383 GS1 Slovenija
385 GS1 Croatia

How do I generate an EAN 13 barcode in Excel?

Switch to “Add-Ins” tab in an Excel document and click “Create Barcode” to activate “Barcode Settings” panel. Then, input valid data in a list of cells and select them all. Lastly, select “EAN 13” in “Barcode Type” and click “Generate”.