Let’s debunk the myth of the geographic prefix in Barcode. The theory that the place, country, or nation of production, manufacturing, or origin of a product can be determined through the numerical prefix of a GTIN is absolutely false! Let’s see why. Here’s the original text:
“As companies can manufacture products anywhere in the world, the prefixes do not identify the country of origin of a particular product” – GS1
GTIN Requirements for “Made in Italy”
Company prefixes are based on GS1 prefixes. But as emphasized by GS1 itself, note that since companies can manufacture products anywhere in the world
“GS1 prefixes do not identify the country of origin for a particular product” – GS1
Should an Italian GTIN Barcode be used?
As already mentioned, GS1 states on this page
“The Barcode never identifies the Country of Origin” – GS1
But how is “Made in Italy” defined?
There seems to be little clarity or uniformity of interpretation regarding the criteria for identifying the concept of “Made in Italy.” But when we talk about “Made in Italy,” we need to ask ourselves what is non-Italian about a product. Supply chains and transformations that need to be documented should be considered. At this point, all purchase documents, potentially import documents, and customs documents will undoubtedly carry weight. What does the GTIN code have to do with all this? Absolutely nothing!
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