Measurement rules

When measuring the dimensions of a package, such as its height, width, depth or weight, it is essential that you follow the measurement rules. By ensuring that the dimensions in the trade item information match those of the physical item, shelf planning becomes possible, and transport can be planned so that all items fit and truck capacity is optimized.

Measure the outer dimensions of a package

Always measure the outer dimensions of a package, since they are needed for shelf planning and transport. If you use the inner dimensions sent to you by your packaging material supplier, you risk causing problems in your customer’s planning.

Measurement rules for consumer units and non-consumer units

The complete measurent rules are described in GDSN Package Measurement Rules. Note that there are different measurement rules depending on whether the item is a consumer unit or not.

Download GDSN Package Measurement Rules (.pdf, 2 MB)

GS1 Sweden’s service Validoo Q-lab can help you verify that you have followed the measurement rules. Validoo Q-lab compares the Trade Item Information with a sample by measuring and weighing the samples, so that the information is right when it reaches the buyer.