ITF-14 barcodes are used on cartons, cases, and pallets of retail products. They denote that multiple EAN or UPC labeled products are inside. The items inside the containers should have EAN or UPC barcodes.
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- UPC Case/Shipping Code
How do I use an ITF-14, and make an ITF-14 out of my UPC or EAN?
ITF-14 barcodes are used for cases containing other retail-labeled products – that is, there's multiple UPC or EAN labelled products for sale inside a bigger box.
For example, let's say that your company makes document scanners. Each scanner is in a retail box with an EAN-13 barcode on it – then, there a "case" with 12 retail-packed scanners inside that's easy for me to send to retail stores. Further, there's also a bigger possible "case" -- a palette of 12 cases, or 144 scanners.
To make receiving inventory of cases and palettes easier, we use an ITF-14 barcode on the bigger levels of packaging, which represents a) the retail barcode inside, and b) a number indicating the "packaging" level.
The packaging level (the "indicator digit" in the graphic above) is the first number, an arbitrary number that can be any value between 1 and 7 (then you let your trading partners know the values you're using). We suggest using higher numbers for "bigger" cases. So, for example, "2" could be the case of 6 document scanners, and "5" could be the palette.
Following the indicator digit is your EAN-13 barcode value. So, if your UPC is 12345678911, your EAN-13 would be 012345678911, and your ITF-14 for a "2" packaging level would be 203123456789117. (Take note that the check digit changed, because the barcode value changed, but it represents the same base retail barcode.)