It is a very high density barcode and can encode large amount of information in smaller area.
The barcode is very easy to read and even a scanner, at an angle as acute as 45 degrees to the surface of the barcode, can easily decode the information
Wide use of the scanner in Europe makes it very portable and no advanced scanning devices are required to decode the information
Much suited to fast moving items on automatic machines.
Checksum digit provided self-checking mechanism.


Can encode only numeric data, not alphabets and special characters.
Like other linear barcodes, it has very small tolerance for damage and distortion and cannot be scanned in that case.