Identify Locations Uniquely
GLNs identify companies/ legal entities and locations, such as buildings, warehouses, hospitals, loading docks, or even a specific shelf within a store. It provides a standardized way to uniquely identify farms, hospitals, food outlets, etc.
Various government and industry bodies use GLNs in electronic messages and registries to inform trading partners about companies and their corresponding location information.
What GLN Identifies
GLN is used by companies to identify any type or level of location.
- Applicant Company's PAN card or proprietor's PAN card for a proprietorship firm
- Applicant Company's GST/VAT/TIN certificate
- ROC of the applicant company in the case of LLP / Private Limited / Limited.
- Proof of fee payment.
- Address proof of the Location (if you own the premises) or agreement copy (if taken on contract / rent).
- Cancelled cheque copy of the company.
- GLN Registration = ₹1500 + GST @ 18%
- GLN Renewal = ₹750 + GST @ 18%
Search for GLN
GLN Registry is the database of all Global Location numbers issued by GS1 India, along with the details of associated locations. Enter GLN below to cross check the location numbers shared by your trading partners.
What is Global Location Number ( GLN) ?
The Global Location Number (GLN) is a GS1 identification key that uniquely and universally identifies any legal, functional or physical location within a business or organisational entity, such as:
- Legal entities: Whole companies, subsidiaries or divisions, such as supplier, customer, bank, forwarder, etc.
- Functional entities: A purchasing department within a legal entity, an accounting department, a returns department, a nursing station, a ward, a customer number within a legal entity, etc.
- Physical locations: A particular room in a building, warehouse, warehouse gate, loading dock, delivery point, cabinet, cabinet shelf housing circuit boards, room within a building, hospital wing, etc.
- Digital location: A digital location is an electronic (non-physical) address that is used for communication between computer systems. Information associated with a digital location GLN will include the related legal entity and may include the development status (testing, production), network address of the location and the system administrator contact details (email address, phone number, etc.).
What are examples of locations that can be assigned GLNs?
GLNs are reference keys for retrieving information from databases about physical location (stores, manufacturing centers, warehouses , sales offices, etc.), digital location (network address, development status), (legal entities (corporate headquarter, etc.) and functional locations (vending machines, bottling unit, etc.).
What is the first step for manufacturers, distributors and retailers to identify themselves with a GLN?
Organisations registered with GS1 India can generate GLNs using their GS1 DataKart account.
Organisations that are not registered with GS1 India can apply for GLNs by visiting: https://www.
Does a company need an assigned GS1 Company Prefix to create GLNs?
GS1 Company Prefix is not a necessary requirement for creating GLNs. If you don’t have one, you may register for GLNs by visiting: https://www.gs1india.org/glns.
What are the advantages of using GLN?
GLNs help organisations to identify locations within and outside their company in a way that is:
- Simple: An easily defined data structure with integrity checking that facilitates processing and transmission of data
- Unique: GLNs are globally unique identification numbers
- Multi-sectoral: The non-significant characteristic of the GLN allows any location to be identified for any company regardless of its activity, anywhere in the world.
- Global: Implemented around the world and supported by the international network of GS1 member organisations, covering more than 150 countries.
Why should I use GLNs instead of an internal system?
Any company can design its own internal system and code structure to identify all the locations covering its operating requirements. Although an internal solution might seem to be the easiest and fastest way forward, however, when information is exchanged between computers of distinct companies this may present several problems, such as:
- Duplication: Two or more trading partners may use the exact same location code to identify an internal location in their company. Hence, there is no guarantee of uniqueness.
- Complexity: Internal codes will have a variety of structures and formats, making application programming more complex and application changes costly.
- Significance: Location codes that contain information related to the location in the code structure itself will become difficult to handle as the coding structure evolves to incorporate new meanings.
When does the GLN need to be changed?
If a location identified by a GLN changes, the party responsible for the GLN should change the GLN number. A GLN that has stopped being used, should remain so as per the GLN non-reuse rules.
Who is responsible for communicating about GLN?
It is the responsibility of the company assigning GLNs to keep business partners informed of all numbers issued and their associated information.
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