Milestone 2 Assign GTINs (Now)A good example of a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is the number found at the bottom of barcode on a can of Coke – the number is a UPC. It is also a GTIN-12. GTINs can be 12, 13 or 14 digits. The PTI specifies a 14-digit GTIN like the one shown below.
A GTIN has four parts:
Private LabelsIf you are packing someone else’s private label, they own the GTIN – they must provide you their GTIN, and you need to use it to identify the product. This means that everyone packing the same label will be using the same GTIN – potentially multiple shippers. Thus, the lot must uniquely identify you as well as help you identify the field, PO, etc. The owner of the GTIN is responsible to ensure the lots are unique between all the packers.
Exception CodesThe PTI recommends a GTIN assignment strategy involving exception codes. These codes would be used to identify "secondary attributes" that aren’t tracked by the GTIN. Famous Version 6 already provides built-in tracking and selection tools for such attributes, and you will probably want to continue using these tools rather than setting up a second system. If you have questions, please contact us.
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Additional ResourcesThe PTI website is www.producetraceability.org. Here's a helpful PTI Resources page as well.
Cosponsors of the Initiative include PMA, CPMA, and United Fresh.