Barcodes made easy

Welcome to GS1 Albania. We're here to help.

GS1 Albania is here to provide you with the barcodes you need to get your products on shelves. If you are new to GS1 and barcoding, you can use this page as a quick orientation guide that explains the exact steps you need to follow to get barcodes for your products and outer cases.

Here we summarise the key things you need to know, with links to further information all on one handy reference page. You can refer back to this page as often as you like to access the different resources and tools.

We've also outlined all the steps in our new member leaflet "Barcodes Made Easy" which you can download here.


Got a question? Our helpdesk staff will be more than happy to assist you with any queries about barcodes that you may have. Simply email or call us for assistance.
T:  +355 42 232 073

What do you need to barcode a product for retail in Albania and the rest of the world?

  1. A barcode number
  2. A barcode symbol

Barcode numbers are created by brand owners for their products using a GS1-issued prefix. It is from this prefix that barcode numbers are allocated to products & outer cases. Once you have a complete barcode number you can generate the matching barcode symbol. 


What will you need to join GS1 for barcodes?

1. Registration

GS1 is a membership organisation. To get your barcodes, you need to be a member. This requires payment of a once-off registration fee with a value of ALL 15.000.

2. A barcode licence

To create barcodes, you need an exclusive range of barcode numbers for your company. This is granted by an annually renewable licence. There are different licences depending upon the size of your product range, now and into the future.

Which size licence is right for me?

GCP 11 – This licence is for small and artisan producers only, who are unlikely to ever need any more than 10 barcodes for both products and outer cases.

GCP 10 - For more than 10 barcodes over the life of a business, a GCP 10 is more economical. This allows you to create up to 100 barcodes. Remember, outer cases need their own unique barcodes too. 

GCP 9 – This prefix enables up to 1,000 barcode numbers to be generated for products and outer cases.

Note: Barcode licences cannot be subsequently exchanged or upgraded as the need arises as each licence is for a bank of specific numbers. If you run out of barcode numbers, a further license will be required at an additional annual cost.

What will you need to complete your GS1 registration?

A number of pieces of information are required to complete registration. We recommend you have this information to hand before you start in order to make the application process as quick and as straight forward as possible:

  • Company information (name and address)
  • Contact details for primary licence contact and accounts person (name, tel, email)
  • Company Registration Number (NIPT)
  • Information about the products (some attributes)

Online registration

Registration is completed online on this website at:

What happens after I register?

Once we receive your completed online registration and received payment we will process your application for membership and issue you with your own unique prefix to use for allocating barcodes.  A free training is available to all members to help you get started. 




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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



Our helpdesk staff would be happy to help you with any queries or issues you may have. Simply email or call for assistance:
T:  +355 42 232 073