Barcode Acceptance


    Please click the [ Mark Complete ] button at the bottom of this page when you’ve achieved the following goals:

  • Understand why barcode acceptance is very important to our operations
  • Explain to a customer how the first few digits of a barcode have absolutely no relation to the country of origin of the product; they show only the country of origin of the barcode itself, and this has no limitation on where the product can be sold.
  • Be able to explain why some Chinese distributors are mistaken in their interpretation of the first few numbers of a barcode, and why these numbers should not restrict Chinese use of our barcodes.

What is barcode acceptance?

Barcode acceptance governs the shops which allow the use of our barcodes. This is vital to the success of the IBN, because our business relies on our barcodes being as reliable and widely accepted as possible. Luckily, there are very few businesses that we know of that restrict the use of our barcodes. For an up to date list, see It’s important to note that our barcodes can be scanned by all retailers worldwide. Any limitations to acceptance of our barcodes are based on agreements between retailers and third parties like GS1, and are not because of quality or scanning issues with our barcodes.


Country codes and international use

GS1 organisations around the world use the first two or three barcode digits as a country code, which some people mistakenly believe show the country of origin of the product. However, the barcode number says NOTHING about the country of origin of the product. The only thing that these first few digits show is which country the barcode number itself was issued in. This means products that come from any specific country can have any barcode number on them. Our numbers start with 07 which shows that the NUMBER comes from the USA.

Some Chinese distributors insist that the products they distribute have a barcode number that originates from GS1 in your country, because they incorrectly believe that the first few digits of a barcode number show the country of origin of the product.

Our barcodes are suitable for international use and can be used in any country. We have tens of thousands of customers using over one million barcodes around the world without any problems.