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Step 4 - Add Product Dimensions

9 February 2021

Step 4 - Add Product Dimensions

When you add a new product, the optional Step 4 - Add Product Dimensions screen enables you to enter physical dimensions: height, width and depth, as well as Net Weight and Gross Weight. As defined in the GS1 Packaging Measurement Rules Standard, measurements are based on whether the items is a:​

  • Consumer trade item, meaning it is to pass through retail point-of-sale (POS);or​ 

  • Non-consumer trade item, meaning it is for general distribution scanning. This includes outer cases up to the largest form of bulk packaging for trade items.


Consumer Trade Items:

In GS1 US Data Hub, these are items in which “Yes” ​was selected for Purchasable by Consumer? 

Product Dimensions:​

Please refer to the GS1 Package and Product Measurement Standard for detailed instructions, but below is some general measurement guidance.​

First, determine the “Default Front” of the product. GS1 Standards define the Default Front as “the surface with the largest area that is used by the manufacturer to ‘sell’ the product to the consumer.”  ​

​You can then determine the height, width and depth of the item. While facing the Default Front, you must measure:​

  • Height: from the base to the top​

  • Width: from the left to the right​

  • Depth: from the front to the back



Product Weight:

Net Weight - Net is the weight of the product itself. ​This does not include the product’s container packaging. For example, the weight of the soup you pour out of the can.​

Note: Net Weight cannot be changed for a product set to In Use. Also, if Net Weight is entered, the Gross Weight must also be entered. The Net Weight cannot exceed the Gross Weight.​

Gross Weight - Gross is the weight of the product plus the weight of its container or packaging. For example, the weight of the jam contents plus the jar itself. 

Note: Gross weight can be changed if does not exceed 20% of the original weight for a product set to In Use.


Non-Consumer Trade Items:

Non-consumer trade items are identified with a GTIN and are intended for General Distribution scanning. This includes outer cases up to the largest form of bulk packaging for trade items.​ 
​In GS1 US Data Hub, these are items in which “Yes” ​was selected for For Shipping Purposes Only? 

Product Dimensions:​

Please refer to the GS1 Package and Product Measurement Standard for detailed instructions, but below is some general measurement guidance.​

First, determine the “Natural Base” of the item before determining the height, width and depth of the item. The Natural Base is the natural underside of the packaged item pre-shipment (e.g., case). After you determine the Natural Base you can then measure:​

  • Height: the distance between the Natural Base of the non-consumer trade item and the top​

  • Width: the shorter side of the natural base of the non-consumer trade item​

  • Depth/Length: the longer side of the natural base of the non-consumer trade item

Product Weight:

Gross is the weight ​of the current packaging, which would include the gross weight of items ​contained in this packaging.