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Section VI : Products of the chemical or allied industries

Miscellaneous chemical products

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Artificial graphite; colloidal or semi-colloidal graphite; preparations based on graphite or other carbon in the form of pastes, blocks, plates or other semi-manufactures
Activated carbon; activated natural mineral products; animal black, including spent animal black
Tall oil, whether or not refined
Residual lyes from the manufacture of wood pulp, whether or not concentrated, desugared or chemically treated, including lignin sulphonates, but excluding tall oil of heading 3803
Gum, wood or sulphate turpentine and other terpenic oils produced by the distillation or other treatment of coniferous woods; crude dipentene; sulphite turpentine and other crude para-cymene; pine oil containing alpha-terpineol as the main constituent
Rosin and resin acids, and derivatives thereof; rosin spirit and rosin oils; run gums
Wood tar; wood tar oils; wood creosote; wood naphtha; vegetable pitch; brewers' pitch and similar preparations based on rosin, resin acids or on vegetable pitch
Insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, herbicides, anti-sprouting products and plant-growth regulators, disinfectants and similar products, put up in forms or packings for retail sale or as preparations or articles (for example, sulphur-treated bands, wicks and candles, and fly-papers)
Finishing agents, dye carriers to accelerate the dyeing or fixing of dyestuffs and other products and preparations (for example, dressings and mordants), of a kind used in the textile, paper, leather or like industries, not elsewhere specified or included
Pickling preparations for metal surfaces; fluxes and other auxiliary preparations for soldering, brazing or welding; soldering, brazing or welding powders and pastes consisting of metal and other materials; preparations of a kind used as cores or coatings for welding electrodes or rods
Anti-knock preparations, oxidation inhibitors, gum inhibitors, viscosity improvers, anti-corrosive preparations and other prepared additives, for mineral oils (including gasoline) or for other liquids used for the same purposes as mineral oils
Prepared rubber accelerators; compound plasticisers for rubber or plastics, not elsewhere specified or included; anti-oxidising preparations and other compound stabilisers for rubber or plastics
Preparations and charges for fire-extinguishers; charged fire-extinguishing grenades
Organic composite solvents and thinners, not elsewhere specified or included; prepared paint or varnish removers
Reaction initiators, reaction accelerators and catalytic preparations, not elsewhere specified or included
Refractory cements, mortars, concretes and similar compositions, other than products of heading 3801
Mixed alkylbenzenes and mixed alkylnaphthalenes, other than those of heading 2707 or 2902
Chemical elements doped for use in electronics, in the form of discs, wafers or similar forms; chemical compounds doped for use in electronics
Hydraulic brake fluids and other prepared liquids for hydraulic transmission, not containing or containing less than 70 % by weight of petroleum oils or oils obtained from bituminous minerals
Anti-freezing preparations and prepared de-icing fluids
Prepared culture media for the development or maintenance of micro-organisms (including viruses and the like) or of plant, human or animal cells
Diagnostic or laboratory reagents on a backing, prepared diagnostic or laboratory reagents whether or not on a backing, other than those of heading 3002 or 3006; certified reference materials
Industrial monocarboxylic fatty acids; acid oils from refining; industrial fatty alcohols
Prepared binders for foundry moulds or cores; chemical products and preparations of the chemical or allied industries (including those consisting of mixtures of natural products), not elsewhere specified or included
Residual products of the chemical or allied industries, not elsewhere specified or included; municipal waste; sewage sludge; other wastes specified in note 6 to this chapter
Biodiesel and mixtures thereof, not containing or containing less than 70 % by weight of petroleum oils or oils obtained from bituminous minerals

Chapter notes

  • 1 This chapter does not cover:
  • (a) separate chemically defined elements or compounds with the exception of the following:
  • (1) artificial graphite (heading 3801);
  • (2) insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, herbicides, anti-sprouting products and plant-growth regulators, disinfectants and similar products, put up as described in heading 3808;
  • (3) products put up as charges for fire-extinguishers or put up in fire-extinguishing grenades (heading 3813);
  • (4) certified reference materials specified in note 2 below;
  • (5) products specified in note 3(a) or 3(c) below;
  • (b) mixtures of chemicals with foodstuffs or other substances with nutritive value, of a kind used in the preparation of human foodstuffs (generally, heading 2106).
  • (c) slag, ash and residues (including sludges, other than sewage sludge), containing metals, arsenic or their mixtures and meeting the requirements of note 3 (a) or 3(b) to Chapter 26 (heading 2620);
  • (d) medicaments (heading 3003 or 3004); or
  • (e) spent catalysts of a kind used for the extraction of base metals or for the manufacture of chemical compounds of base metals (heading 2620), spent catalysts of a kind used principally for the recovery of precious metal (heading 7112) or catalysts consisting of metals or metal alloys in the form of, for example, finely divided powder or woven guaze (Section XIV or XV).
  • 2 (A) For the purpose of heading 3822, the expression 'certified reference materials' means reference materials which are accompanied by a certificate which indicates the values of the certified properties, the methods used to determine these values and the degree of certainty associated with each value and which are suitable for analytical, calibrating or referencing purposes.
  • (B) With the exception of the products of Chapter 28 or 29, for the classification of certified reference materials, heading 3822 shall take precedence over any other heading in the classification.
  • 3 Heading 3824 includes the following goods which are not to be classified in any other heading of the classification:
  • (a) cultured crystals (other than optical elements) weighing not less than 2.5g each, of magnesium oxide or of the halides of the alkali or alkaline-earth metals;
  • (b) fusel oil; Dippel's oil;
  • (c) ink removers put up in packings for retail sale;
  • (d) stencil correctors, other correcting fluids and correction tapes (other than those of heading 9612), put up in packings for retail sale; and
  • (e) ceramic firing testers, fusible (eg, Seger cones).
  • 4 Throughout the classification, 'municipal waste' means waste of a kind collected from households, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, shops, offices, etc., road and pavement sweepings, as well as construction and demolition waste. Municipal waste generally contains a large variety of materials such as plastics, rubber, wood, paper, textiles, glass, metals, food materials, broken furniture and other damaged or discarded articles. The term 'municipal waste', however, does not cover:
  • (a) individual materials or articles segregated from the waste, such as wastes of plastics, rubber, wood, paper, textiles, glass or metals and spent batteries which fall in their appropriate headings of the classification;
  • (b) industrial waste;
  • (c) waste pharmaceuticals, as defined in note 4(k) to Chapter 30; or
  • (d) clinical waste, as defined in note 6 (a) below.
  • 5 For the purposes of heading 3825, 'sewage sludge' means sludge arising from urban effluent treatment plant and includes pretreatment waste, scourings and unstabilised sludge. Stabilised sludge when suitable for use as fertiliser is excluded (Chapter 31).
  • 6 For the purposes of heading 3825, the expression 'other wastes' applies to:
  • (a) clinical waste, that is, contaminated waste arising from medical research, diagnosis, treatment or other medical, surgical, dental or veterinary procedures, which often contain pathogens and pharmaceutical substances and require special disposal procedures (eg, soiled dressings, used gloves and used syringes);
  • (b) waste organic solvents;
  • (c) wastes of metal pickling liquors, hydraulic fluids, brake fluids and anti-freezing fluids; and
  • (d) other wastes from chemical or allied industries. The expression 'other wastes' does not, however, cover wastes which contain mainly petroleum oils or oils obtained from bituminous minerals (heading 2710). ## Subheading notes ##
  • 1 Subheadings 3808 52 and 3808 59 cover only goods of heading 3808, containing one or more of the following substances: alachlor (ISO); aldicarb (ISO); aldrin (ISO); azinphos-methyl (ISO); binapacryl (ISO); camphechlor (ISO) (toxaphene); captafol (ISO); chlordane (ISO); chlordimeform (ISO); chlorobenzilate (ISO); DDT (ISO) (clofenotane (INN), 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethane); dieldrin (ISO, INN); 4,6-dinitro-o-cresol (DNOC (ISO)) or its salts; dinoseb (ISO), its salts or its esters; endosulfan (ISO); ethylene dibromide (ISO) (1,2-dibromoethane); ethylene dichloride (ISO) (1,2-dichloroethane); fluoroacetamide (ISO); heptachlor (ISO); hexachlorobenzene (ISO); 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH (ISO)), including lindane (ISO, INN); mercury compounds; methamidophos (ISO); monocrotophos (ISO); oxirane (ethylene oxide); parathion (ISO); parathion-methyl (ISO) (methyl-parathion); penta-and-octabromodiphenyl ethers; pentachlorophenol (ISO), its salts or its esters; perfluorooctane sulphonic acid and its salts; perfluorooctane sulphonamides; perfluorooctane sulphonyl fluoride; phosphamidon (ISO); 2,4,5-T (ISO) (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid), its salts or its esters; tributyltin compounds.
  • Subheading 3808 59 also covers dustable powder formulations containing a mixture of benomyl (ISO), carbofuran (ISO) and thiram (ISO).
  • 2 Subheadings 3808 61 to 3808 69 cover only goods of heading 3808, containing alpha-cypermethrin (ISO), bendiocarb (ISO), bifenthrin (ISO), chlorfenapyr (ISO), cyfluthrin (ISO), deltamethrin (INN, ISO), etofenprox (INN), fenitrothion (ISO), lambda-cyhalothrin (ISO), malathion (ISO), pirimiphos-methyl (ISO) or propoxur (ISO).
  • 3 Subheadings 3824 81 to 3824 88 cover only mixtures and preparations containing one or more of the following substances: oxirane (ethylene oxide), polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated terphenyls (PCTs), tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate, aldrin (ISO), camphechlor (ISO) (toxaphene), chlordane (ISO), chlordecone (ISO), DDT (ISO) (clofenotane (INN), 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethane), dieldrin (ISO, INN), endosulfan (ISO), endrin (ISO), heptachlor (ISO), mirex (ISO), 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH (ISO)), including lindane (ISO, INN), pentachlorobenzene (ISO), hexachlorobenzene (ISO), perfluorooctane sulphonic acid, its salts, perfluorooctane sulphonamides, perfluorooctane sulphonyl fluoride or tetra-, penta-, hexa-, hepta- or octabromodiphenyl ethers.
  • 4 For the purposes of subheadings 3825 41 and 3825 49, ‘waste organic solvents’ are wastes containing mainly organic solvents, not fit for further use as presented as primary products, whether or not intended for recovery of the solvents. ## Additional chapter note ##
  • 1 For the purposes of this chapter, “agricultural products” means:
  • goods of chapters 1 to 4, 6 to 12, 16 and 23 of the classification;
  • goods of headings 0504, 0515, 1501, 1502, 1503, 1504, 1507, 1512, 1513, 1517, 1701, 1702, 1703, 1705, 1801, 1802, 2204, 2205, 2207, 2210, 2401, 2501, 5410 and 5701 of the classification;
  • pectin;
  • ethyl alcohol or neutral spirits, whether or not denatured, of any strength, obtained from agricultural products listed in the three bullet points above, excluding liqueurs and other spirituous beverages and compound alcoholic preparations (known as "concentrated extracts") for the manufacture of beverages.

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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