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Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) can be used by a company to uniquely identify all of its trade items. The GTIN provides a global supply chain solution by identifying any trade item that may be priced, ordered or invoiced at any point in the supply chain and upon which there is a need to retrieve pre-defined information. Unique identification of trade items is critical to maintaining operational efficiencies that business partners rely on to exchange information about products in consistent ways, as well as ensuring the smooth operations of global supply chains. Overall, costs are minimized when all partners in the supply chain adhere to the GTIN Management Standard. This standard has been developed in accordance with the GS1 Global Standards Management Process (GSMP) and is considered a part of the GS1 system of standards.

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The Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is an identifier for trade items, developed by the international organization GS1.  Such identifiers are used to look up product information in a database (often by entering the number through a barcode scanner pointed at an actual product) which may belong to a retailer, manufacturer, collector, researcher, or other entity. The uniqueness and universality of the identifier is useful in establishing which product in one database corresponds to which product in another database, especially across organizational boundaries.

The family of data structures (not symbologies) comprising GTIN include:

GTIN-12 (UPC-A): this is a 12-digit number used primarily in North America

GTIN-8 (EAN/UCC-8): this is an 8-digit number used predominately outside of North America

GTIN-13 (EAN/UCC-13): this is a 13-digit number used predominately outside of North America

GTIN-14 (EAN/UCC-14 or ITF-14): this is a 14-digit number used to identify trade items at various packaging levels

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