Country Info - USA & Canada

The product or company code you were getting information about encodes the country that the company selling the product is registered in. For any EAN-13 code, the first three digits encode the "country." It is interesting to note that there are special countries set up for books & coupons. All EAN-13 codes for books are essentially a 3 digit "bookland" prefix, along with the ISBN code, which itself encodes country, publisher, etc.

Country codes

The first three digits of the barcode of any product represents the country. Note that EAN codes beginning with 0 are rarely used, as this is just an addition to 12-digit UPC. Since most scanners and registers worldwide can read both equally, most manufacturers in North America still only use UPC.



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