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 you GS1 license the numbers to you 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

The only thing that barcode numbers show is the country of origin of the number.  So in reality, products that come from Thailand can have any barcode number on them.

If you want to show that your product is made in Thailand, then you may want 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 the International Barcode Network which provides barcodes in over 120 countries.

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