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Section VI : Products of the chemical or allied industries

Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modelling pastes, 'dental waxes' and dental preparations with a basis of plaster

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Soap; organic surface-active products and preparations for use as soap, in the form of bars, cakes, moulded pieces or shapes, whether or not containing soap; organic surface-active products and preparations for washing the skin, in the form of liquid or cream and put up for retail sale, whether or not containing soap; paper, wadding, felt and nonwovens, impregnated, coated or covered with soap or detergent
Organic surface-active agents (other than soap); surface-active preparations, washing preparations (including auxiliary washing preparations) and cleaning preparations, whether or not containing soap, other than those of heading 3401
Lubricating preparations (including cutting-oil preparations, bolt or nut release preparations, anti-rust or anti-corrosion preparations and mould-release preparations, based on lubricants) and preparations of a kind used for the oil or grease treatment of textile materials, leather, furskins or other materials, but excluding preparations containing, as basic constituents, 70 % or more by weight of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals
Artificial waxes and prepared waxes
Polishes and creams, for footwear, furniture, floors, coachwork, glass or metal, scouring pastes and powders and similar preparations (whether or not in the form of paper, wadding, felt, nonwovens, cellular plastics or cellular rubber, impregnated, coated or covered with such preparations), excluding waxes of heading 3404
Candles, tapers and the like
Modelling pastes, including those put up for children's amusement; preparations known as 'dental wax' or as 'dental impression compounds', put up in sets, in packings for retail sale or in plates, horseshoe shapes, sticks or similar forms; other preparations for use in dentistry, with a basis of plaster (of calcined gypsum or calcium sulphate)

Chapter notes

  • 1 This chapter does not cover:
  • (a) edible mixtures or preparations of animal or vegetable fats or oils of a kind used as mould-release preparations (heading 1517);
  • (b) separate chemically defined compounds; or
  • (c) shampoos, dentifrices, shaving creams and foams, or bath preparations, containing soap or other organic surface-active agents (heading 3305, 3306 or 3307).
  • 2 For the purposes of heading 3401, the expression 'soap' applies only to soap soluble in water. Soap and the other products of heading 3401 may contain added substances (for example, disinfectants, abrasive powders, fillers or medicaments). Products containing abrasive powders remain classified in heading 3401 only if in the form of bars, cakes or moulded pieces or shapes. In other forms, they are to be classified in heading 3405 as 'scouring powders and similar preparations'.
  • 3 For the purposes of heading 3402 'organic surface-active agents' are products which, when mixed with water at a concentration of 0-2.25% at 20°C and left to stand for one hour at the same temperature:
  • (a) give a transparent or translucent liquid or stable emulsion without separation of insoluble matter; and
  • (b) reduce the surface tension of water to 4.5 x 10-2 N/m (45 dyn/cm) or less.
  • 4 In heading 3403, the expression 'petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals' applies to the products defined in Note 2 to Chapter 27.
  • 5 In heading 3404, subject to the exclusions provided below, the expression 'artificial waxes and prepared waxes' applies only to:
  • (a) chemically produced organic products of a waxy character, whether or not water soluble;
  • (b) products obtained by mixing different waxes;
  • (c) products of a waxy character with a basis of one or more waxes and containing fats, resins, mineral substances or other materials.
  • The heading does not apply to:
  • (a) products of heading 1516, 3402 or 3823, even if having a waxy character;
  • (b) unmixed animal waxes or unmixed vegetable waxes, whether or not refined or coloured, of heading 1521;
  • (c) mineral waxes or similar products of heading 2712, whether or not intermixed or merely coloured; or
  • (d) waxes mixed with, dispersed in or dissolved in a liquid medium (headings 3405, 3809, etc.).

Section notes

  • 1 (A) Goods (other than radioactive ores) answering to a description in heading 2844 or 2845 are to be classified in those headings and in no other heading of the classification.
  • (B) Subject to paragraph (A) above, goods answering to a description in heading 2843, 2846 or 2852 are to be classified in those headings and in no other heading of this section.
  • 2 Subject to Note 1 above, goods classifiable in heading 3004, 3005, 3006, 3212, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3306, 3307, 3506, 3707 or 3808 by reason of being put up in measured doses or for retail sale are to be classified in those headings and in no other heading of the classification.
  • 3 Goods put up in sets consisting of two or more separate constituents, some or all of which fall in this section and are intended to be mixed together to obtain a product of Section VI or VII, are to be classified in the heading appropriate to that product, provided that the constituents are:
  • (a) having regard to the manner in which they are put up, clearly identifiable as being intended to be used together without first being repacked;
  • (b) presented together; and
  • (c) identifiable, whether by their nature or by the relative proportion in which they are present, as being complementary one to another.
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