The Global Language of Business

3.3 Party/location merger

A merger occurs when two or more parties/locations are combined into a single party/location.

When a party or location is merged with another so that they will no longer function independently, one of the existing GLNs may remain in use. All other GLNs merged SHALL be removed from active use once their transition is completed. Where the merger does not impact a GLN, one may keep the existing GLN, provided that the company is authorised to use the GS1 Company Prefix or individually licensed GLN.

Legal entities being merged or acquired

Same GLN: When two or more legal entities merge, one of the existing GLNs identifying a legal entity may remain in use to identify the merged functions.

Discontinue Use: The remaining GLNs that were merged.

Functions being merged

Same GLN: When two or more functions are merged one of the existing GLNs identifying a function may remain in use to identify the merged functions.

Discontinue Use: The remaining GLNs that were merged.

Physical locations being merged

Same GLN: When two or more physical locations are merged one of the existing GLNs identifying a function may remain in use to identify the merged functions.

Discontinue Use: The remaining GLNs that were merged.

Digital locations being merged

Same GLN: When two or more digital locations are merged, one of the existing GLNs may be retained to identify the whole digital location.

Discontinue Use: The remaining GLNs that were merged.

3.3 Party/location merger - Image 0 Note: Discontinuation of GLNs SHOULD be communicated to business partners

Relevant guiding principles

A party/location merger does not require a new GLN to be allocated.


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