These codes have been set by FEFCO (European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers) to be used as a simple, internationally understood coding system, as not tied to the knowledge of languages; they thereby allow the identification of the various types of packaging cardboard without being forced to give long and complicated descriptions.
The main packaging groups are identified by the first two figures marked on the packaging.
02 – Cases with flaps or tabs joining or overlapping (either completely or partially), made mainly from a single sheet of cardboard.
03 – Telescope cases consisting of at least two pieces, a bottom piece and a lid, which fit into each other to form or close the lid, they are joined at the bottom.
04 – Foldable boxes generally made from a single sheet of cardboard; both sides and lid are joined at the bottom.
05 – Sliding boxes consisting of at least two sleeves that fit into each other.
06 – Rigid boxes generally consisting of a central part to which the top and bottom must be joined by a consecutive operation.
07 – Automatically closing cases, generally made from a single sheet of cardboard; they are delivered flat and can be easily assembled by the user.
List of GIFCO/FEFCO codes:
0200-0209 | 0210-0226 | 0227-0304 | 0306-0321 | 0322-0403 | 0404-0416
0420-0429 | 0430-0441 | 0442-0453 | 0454-0472 | 0473-0511 | 0512-0616
0620-0715 | 0716-0770 | 0771-0774
GIFCO regulation about tolerances
GIFCO issued a tolerance regulation about cardboard sheets and boxes trade. Such regulation can be consulted clicking here, at appendex I: http://gifco.org/sites/default/files/regolamentotecnico.pdf and http://gifco.org/sites/default/files/CARTE%20PER%20ONDULATORI%20LIGHT%20Ed.2010.pdf
The technical information contained in this area comes from the monograph: “Il cartone ondulato: una scelta di economia aziendale ed ambientale” (“Corrugated cardboard: a company and environmental economy choice”) by G.I.F.C.O. (Gruppo Italiano Fabbricanti di Cartone Ondulato, Italian Group of Corrugated Board Manufacturers) and Assocarta (the association of all paper, cardboard and paper pulp producers).