885 Barcode Numbers



GS1-Thailand are the only barcode company with 885 numbers. If you want to use 885 numbers then you must complete their membership forms, pay a joining fee and then every year pay an annual licence fee to GS1. This is expensive and takes time. Also note GS1 only license the numbers to you. You do not own the numbers. If you do not pay the annual fee you have no right to use the GS1 barcode any longer.

Barcodes do not tell you which country a product is from. This is a misunderstanding. GS1 confirm this on their company prefix page on their website; “Note that since GS1 member companies can manufacture products anywhere in the world, GS1 prefixes do not identify the country of origin for a given product.” GS1

Many people mistakenly believe that the first few digits of the barcode numbers show the country of origin of the product. However the barcode number says NOTHING accurate about the country of origin of the product. The only thing that these first few digits show is which GS1 company the barcode is rented from.  So in reality, products can have any barcode number on them. Please see the GS1 website regarding no link to origin of product.

If you want to show that your product is made in Thailand, then the best way to do this is to print “Made in Thailand” or similar on the product. This is an advertising claim and must be proved if challenged. (Some manufacturers also print “Made in Thailand” directly above the barcode to help customers). Let us know if you want us to add this to your barcode images.

Click here to see GS1 page about origin of product.

Please also see this article on Truth or Fiction website or this Snopes article on the origins of this myth.

All barcodes and barcode systems are designed for international use, so there are virtually no restrictions based on the country of origin world wide. Any specific examples of stores placing any type of restrictions on barcodes can be seen here.

We are a member of an international network of barcode sellers that have customers in more than 120 countries using our barcodes without any problems.

When you buy barcodes from us you can register company and product information on several international databases including GEBIR and Barcodes Database.org