480 Barcode Numbers
Our barcodes start with 07, which indicates they were originally issued by GS1 US. Barcodes starting with 480 come directly from GS1 Philippines. This prefix code is simply a way to prevent the 70+ GS1 issuers around the world having to worry about duplicate numbers. Each GS1 branch will have its own prefix.
The ONLY legal way to get numbers starting with 480 is to join GS1 Philippines – this means completing their membership forms, and paying a joining fee and membership fees – which can be VERY expensive. GS1 only license the numbers to you, so you have to pay their recurring fees for the rest of your product’s life.
Many people mistakenly believe that the first few digits of the barcode numbers show the country of origin of the product. However, the barcode number says NOTHING accurate about the country of origin of the product. The only thing that these first few digits show is the issuing GS1 branch.
Products that come from the Philippines can have any valid barcode number on them.
If you want to demonstrate that your product is made in the Philippines, then the best way to do this is to print “Made in the Philippines” or similar on the product. This is an advertising claim and must be provable if challenged. Some manufacturers also print “Made in the Philippines” directly above the barcode to help customers.
The myth of the barcode number showing the country of origin of the product is an old myth that has been thoroughly debunked. Please see this Snopes article on the origins of this myth as well as a debunking of it.
All barcodes and barcode systems are designed for international use, so there are virtually no restrictions based on the country of origin worldwide. Any specific examples of stores placing any type of restrictions on barcodes can be seen here.
We are a member of the International Barcodes Network that has customers in more than 120 countries using our barcodes without any problems.