The Global Language of Business

3.1 New party/location introduction

A new party or location is considered an addition to what already exists and has been allocated a GLN.

When a new party and/or location is added that will engage in business transactions, it must be allocated a new GLN.

Identification of a new legal entity

New GLN: When a new legal entity is added that will engage in business transactions, it must be allocated a new GLN.

Identification of a new function

New GLN: When a new function is added that will engage in business transactions, it must be allocated a new GLN if it needs to be distinguished from other functions in business transactions.

Identification of a new physical location

New GLN: When a new physical location is added that will engage in business transactions, it must be allocated a new GLN.

Identification of a new digital location

New GLN: When a new digital location is added that will be used in business transactions it should be allocated a new GLN.

Relevant guiding principles

This table represents the guiding principles most likely to be impacted by identifying a new legal entity, function, physical location or digital location with a GLN. Unique situations could occur that impact additional guiding principles and would require a new GLN. Refer to section 1.1.for more details.

Figure 31 Relevant guiding principles for new party/location introduction

Does a stakeholder need to distinguish the changed or new party/location from previous/current party/location?

Is there a regulatory/liability disclosure requirement by the stakeholder?

Is there a substantial impact to the supply chain?

Legal entity

YES

YES

Function

YES

YES

Physical location*

YES

YES

YES

Digital location

YES

YES

*Discontinuing or replacing GLNs identifying physical locations will impact any existing GLN extension components. See section 2.3.1 for more detail.


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