FedEx 1D Barcode Updates

Better labels for smarter shipments.

We've updated and improved the FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping labels. Most notably, you'll see a new barcode. This will enable us to implement new services and include more detail about each shipment right on the label. You'll also notice a better label layout and improved barcode legibility — which means increased read rates and service reliability. Click here to learn more.

New FedEx Express shipping label New FedEx Ground shipping label

Here's what's changed on the new labels:

  • The barcode length increased to 34 characters.
  • Your FedEx Ground shipper number is located in positions 10–19 of the barcode (separate from the tracking number).
  • The tracking number is 12 characters (with the ability to expand to 14 characters in the future).
  • The tracking number is located in positions 21–34 of the barcode.
  • Some label content and identifiers are in new positions.
  • FedEx Home Delivery® shipping labels will no longer include a "G" identifier, just an "H."

Click to view additional changes to FedEx Ground barcodes, effective Spring 2016.

FedEx Express barcode

FedEx Ground barcode

FedEx Ground customers will start using the new labels in January 2013.

To find out if these changes affect your shipping and receiving processes, please check all that apply below and click Continue. If none of the situations is applicable, the new labels should not affect you.

  I scan FedEx Express or FedEx Ground barcodes as part of my shipment processing.

  I manually sort FedEx Ground® and FedEx Home Delivery shipments.

  I use a custom-designed label for FedEx Express® or FedEx Ground shipments.

If you did not check any of these selections, the barcode changes will not affect you. Thank you.

Please note:
If you receive EDI shipment status messages (X12 214, flat file, or CSV) for your FedEx Ground shipments, this data will also change. If you have questions specific to these changes, please contact our EDI team at 1.800.546.5222 (then press 8), or email us at