Barcodes for Selling Retail and Wholesale Products Outside of the U.S. & Canada

(EAN Codes, also known as EAN-13 or GTIN-13)
 
The Challenge for Selling Retail Product Outside of the U.S. and Canada
  Simply Barcodes understands the unique challenges facing exporters. Many exporters express confusion regarding the requirements for a UPC or an EAN code and whether or not they need a specific country code. Often exporters express concern about turnaround time.
 
Innovative Solutions for Selling Retail Product Outside of the U.S. and Canada
  Simply Barcodes makes barcoding simple. You face numerous challenges when working to get your products to the market, so barcoding should not be one of them. Our service helps you achieve business success by ensuring that you select the right code for your markets. We offer same day and even rush service where we create and send your code within the hour.
 
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What is an EAN code?
  EAN is the standard adopted worldwide except for the U.S. and Canada. The EAN codes look similar to UPC codes except that EAN codes are 13 digits long.

Retail products to be sold anywhere outside of the USA & Canada feature a single standard EAN barcode. The exceptions to this rule are: books, magazines, and prescription drugs. Retail products sold within North America feature a UPC barcode.
 
 

How do EAN codes work?
  In short, the EAN is a 13-digit unique code for your product represented by scannable bars.

EAN codes (also known as GTIN-13) appear as lines (bars) of varying widths representing the series of numbers commonly shown below the bars.

Barcode scanners read the bars and convert them back to the 13-digit EAN number that they represent.

When you reach an agreement with a retailer to carry your product(s), they request the information required by their unique proprietary sales and inventory tracking systems.

Your 13-digit EAN number, when looked up within the retailer’s inventory system, finds the corresponding product name and price.

This information helps the retailer keep accurate inventory data, review sales, and reorder.
 
 

I sell goods to the USA and Canada. Do I need an EAN code?
  We recommend that you use UPC codes. As of Jan 2005, all American retailers were scheduled to adjust their systems to be able to read the additional 13th digit in EAN barcodes. However, we cannot confirm that all retailers have complied with this changeover. Therefore, we recommend using UPC instead of EAN barcodes for the North American market to ensure universal compatibility. Click here to buy official UPC Codes.
 

I export goods to companies outside of North America. Do I need an EAN code?
  In the past, we explained that the UPC code is 12 digits long and can be read both by UPC and by EAN scanners since the EAN system is set to accept UP TO 13 digits, making the UPC ideal for worldwide product roll-out since they can be read universally.

After receiving an increasing number of reports that retailers in Europe and Asia are requesting EAN barcodes, we now suggest that you use an EAN code on exported goods.
 
 

Do I really need an EAN code on my product?
  Most stores have electronic point of sale (ePOS) systems that enable them to keep track of their sales and stocks and to reorder products by scanning the barcode.

Most retailers refuse to accept products that are not barcoded. In addition, many distributors make use of barcodes in their warehouse systems.
 
 

What do I need to know about the standards organization for EAN codes?
  GS1, formerly called EAN International and the UCC (Uniform Code Council), manages EAN code standards.

EAN codes can be obtained in two ways:
 
      1. Leased directly from GS1 for a considerable initial fee plus ongoing annual fees
      2. Purchased for a one-time fee from Simply Barcodes
 
 

Does the barcode tell me (or others) in which country a product was manufactured?
  We are asked this question daily. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet and in e-mails that are going around. This happens especially frequently at times of product recalls or food safety scares.

The truth of the matter is very simple: No, it is absolutely not possible to tell in which country a product has been made by looking at the barcode.

We have put together a very detailed explanation of why this is not possible along with a recommendation on how you might tell where a product comes from here.
 
 

How do I get EAN codes for retail products sold outside of the United States?
 
1stGo to our Order Page at www.OfficialEANcode.com or call us at +1-404-869-0701 or toll free at 1-877-872-2060.
2ndPlace your order.
  We only require that you provide contact and billing information. You are not required to provide product information.
  Your retailer collects your product information, which they associate with your barcode at the Point of Sale.
  Note: We also accept checks, money orders, and wire transfers. If you wish to use one of those payment methods, please print and complete this form.
   
 
 

What do I get when I order my EAN codes?
 
1stUpon completion of your order, you will receive an email confirmation of your EAN barcode purchase.
2ndSimply Barcodes then assigns your official EAN numbers from our database of official codes issued by the UCC (now called GS1).
3rdThe digital barcode images are generated from the numbers you purchased.
4th Your EAN barcodes are emailed to you as an attachment.
 
 

In what format are my EAN codes created?
  For your convenience, you receive your EAN barcode graphic in three different formats so that your graphic artist, printing company, or manufacturing facility can work with the graphic in their preferred software.
 
EPS Format - This layered, vector EPS file is the preferred format of most graphic designers due to its quality and versatility, particularly for resizing. EPS is an "exchange" format, not necessarily associated with one specific graphics program. An exchange format is one intended for multiple applications to be able to open.
TIFF Format - This layered TIFF file works well for graphic artists who need a transparent background. This format is not suitable for significant resizing.
JPEG Format - This uncompressed, high-quality JPEG file is the most common file format. All computers can open a JPEG. However, it is not suitable for resizing.
 
 

When do I get my EAN codes?
  The turn-around time is often within an hour.
All orders received before 4 p.m. Eastern Time on business days are completed the same day. Orders placed after 4 p.m. will be processed next business day. If you require RUSH completion, please call 1-877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1-404-869-0701 (international) to make arrangements.
 
 

How do I get my EAN codes on my product?
  Providing the barcode image to your graphic artist and including it in the design of your packaging prior to manufacturing is the easiest and most economical way of getting your barcode on your product.

If your product packaging has already been printed, you will need barcode labels. If you would like to order pre-printed barcode labels, please select this option when ordering your EAN code. If you have already completed your order, then click label printing to order labels. All orders received before 2 p.m. EST on business days are completed the same day and shipped for free within the continental U.S.
 
 







     


 
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