UPC and EAN Country Codes

Buyers have raised questions about the barcode on imported products: what are they? What they are used for? What information can i get from these? And other questions.

Today we will use this blog to briefly talk about the Barcode on imported products.

Barcode on a Wine Bottle-Export To China Today From Here-Trade XL Limited

Barcode on a Wine Bottle

The biggest misunderstanding about the barcode is: you can tell the country of origin by the first 3 digits of the barcode. In fact these digits can only reveal where the products is registered instead of the place where the goods have been produced.

For instance, if a USA brand uses a Chinese factory for making its products, then the barcode on the products will start with 00-13 (Code for North America including USA and Canada); Or if a South Africa company imports wine from Chinese wine makers, then the barcode on the bottom will still show it’s a South Africa product with the barcode starting with 600.

So essentially, the first three digit of the barcode only show where this product is registered and accordingly this product should comply with the local product regulation and law.

What do all the numbers on the barcode represent?

Totally there are 13 digits on a barcode. The first 3 digits represents where the product is registered, and it’s decided by EAN(Internaxbnal Artick Numbenng Association), for example, 00-09 represent North America commodities, 489 represent HK commodities, 471 represent the commodities from Taiwan province of China; The following 4-5 digits is decided by the country where the product is registered. The next 4-5 digits are decided by the manufacturer itself. And the last digit is to verify the authentication of the whole barcode.

The following are the correspondence between the first 3 digit of EAN code to the country it represents:

000 – 019; 030 – 039; 060 – 139 USA and Canada
300 – 379 France
380 Bulgaria
383 Slovenia
385 Croatia
387 Bosnia and Herzegovina
400 – 440 Germany
450 – 459; 490 – 499 Japan
460 – 469 Russia
471 Taiwan province of China
474 Estonia
475 Latvia
476 Azerbaijan
477 Lithuania
478 Uzbekistan
479 Sri-Lanka
480 Philippines
481 Belarus
482 Ukraine
484 Moldova
485 Armenia
486 Georgia
487 Kazakhstan
489 Hong Kong
50 Great Britain
520 Greece
528 Lebanon
529 Cyprus
531 Macedonians
535 Malta
539 Ireland
54 Belgium and Luxembourg
560 Portugal
569 Iceland
57 Denmark
590 Poland
594 Romania
599 Hungary
600 – 601 South Africa
608 Bahrain
609 Mauritius
611 Morocco
613 Algeria
616 Kenya
619 Tunisia
621 Syria
622 Egypt
624 Libya
625 Jordan
626 Iran
627 Kuwait
628 Saudi-Arab
629 United Arab Emirates
640 – 649 Finland
690 – 695 China
700 – 709 Norway
729 Israels
730- 739 Sweden
740 – 745 Guatemala
746 Dominican Republic
750 Mexico
759 Venezuela
760 – 769 Switzerland
770 Colombia
773 Uruguay
775 Peru
777 Bolivia
779 Argentina
780 Chile
784 Paraguay
786 Ecuador
789 – 790 Brazil
800 – 839 Italy
840 – 849 Spain
850 Cuba
858 Slovakia
859 Czech Republic
860 Yugoslavia
867 North Korea
869 Turkey
870 – 879 Netherlands
880 South Korea
885 Thailand
888 Singapore
890 India
893 Vietnam
899 Indonesia
900 – 919 Austria
930 – 939 Australia
955 Malaysia
958 Macau

If you have any questions about EAN barcode, please contact us or simply leave a comment below.

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