Series of black bars and white spaces of varying widths printed on labels to uniquely identify items. Some numbers. And recently in Albania you also realize that it has replaced the traditional pricing of products. A cryptogram anyone wants to decrypt. A code that revolutionized the retail industry.


530. Keep in mind this number. It means Made in Albania. Barcode serves as an ID card, making it easy to do business globally using a unique set of identification numbers for products, companies, locations, services, assets, logistics units or customers at any point in the supply chain.


A barcode is an optical machine-readable representation of data relating to the object to which it is attached. Originally barcodes systematically represented data by varying the widths and spacing of parallel lines, and may be referred to as linear or one-dimensional. Barcodes originally were scanned by special optical scanners called barcode readers. Later applications software became available for devices that could read images, such as smartphones with cameras.


No matter where in the world a business is based or what language you use, trading partners can always understand one another using GS1 standards. The GS1 standards work for all industries, from food services and retail to healthcare and music


GS1 Albania is Albania’s voice in global e-commerce standards development and the home for collaborative commerce standards and solutions for Albanian business. GS1 is a non-profit organization based in Brussels, Belgium. Gs1 Albania is part of 122 members that GS1 has all over the world.


Can the consumer be able to understand anything from the barcode?


530 is the code which means that the product bearing it is Albanian. What about the other figures? The linear GS1 barcode is the only standard implementable in all point-of-sales. We are dealing with a thirteen digit number. The first two or three numbers define the GS1 organization that issued the id-number (in GS1 Albania’s case we have 530). The following numbers define the Unique Company Prefix and identified product. All of those together are scanned and enable a link between the product and available information on it.


Below you can read a list prepared by AgroWeb regarding the prefixes of barcodes of Albania’s import partners. Considering that the barcode of products produced in Albania begins with 530, Kosova is identified by the initial numbers 390, while products produced in Italy have a barcode that begins with the numbers 800 until 839.


• 530 Albania

• 390 Kosova

• 100 – 139 United States

• 300 – 379 France and Monaco

• 800 – 839 Italy, San Marino, Vatican

• 380 Bulgaria

• 383 – Slovenia

• 385 – Croatia

• 387- Bosnia and Herzegovina

• 389 – Montenegro

• 400 – 440 Germany

• 520 – 521 Greece

• 531- Macedonia

• 860- Serbia

• 868 – 869 Turkey

• 690 – 699 China

• 594 Rumania


Can you identify the quality of a product from the barcode?


The GS1 standards have been used for more than 40 years and have set up a better experience for consumers in markets and stores worldwide. “The new barcodes such as GS1 DataBar can hold detailed information about products such as “expiration date” “production date” etc. Increasing data quality on the product can help consumers be more responsible on products they want to buy. However the quality of a food product is guaranteed through the adoption of various standards in the food industry such as: production and processing standards, hygiene, traceability etc. All of these standards assist in increasing the quality of products./