Pallets

A pallet containing items with variable weight should be numbered with a 13 or 14 digit GTIN. The item number is used to identify the pallet in the buyer's database and is normally sent to the buyer with the trade item information.

Numbering and labeling the pallet

The load on each pallet should be numbered with a SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code) and labeled with a GS1 Pallet label. A SSCC is a unique number which means that the load on one pallet can be distinguished from loads on other pallets. The pallet label is needed for pallet handling in the warehouse, at the buyer's inbound goods and storage. Read more about the pallet label

If the pallet is not an orderable unit

If the pallet is not an orderable unit then it should be numbered with a 13 or 14 digit GTIN. The item number is normally sent to the buyer with trade item information and should not be bar-coded on the pallet label. The pallet label shows instead the case GTIN, the pallet's total weight, the number of cases on the pallet, and the SSCC for this load. The label can also show, for example, the best before date and batch number.

If the pallet is an orderable unit

If the pallet is an orderable unit, for example a display pallet, then it should be numbered with a 14 digit GTIN which starts with the digit 9 in the same way as cases containing articles with variable weight.

The barcode on the pallet label should, in addition to the pallet GTIN, contain information about the pallet's total weight and the SSCC for this load. The label can also show, for example, the best before date and batch number.