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Section XV : Base metals and articles of base metal

Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal

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Hand tools, the following: spades, shovels, mattocks, picks, hoes, forks and rakes; axes, billhooks and similar hewing tools; secateurs and pruners of any kind; scythes, sickles, hay knives, hedge shears, timber wedges and other tools of a kind used in agriculture, horticulture or forestry
Handsaws; blades for saws of all kinds (including slitting, slotting or toothless saw blades)
Files, rasps, pliers (including cutting pliers), pincers, tweezers, metal-cutting shears, pipe-cutters, bolt croppers, perforating punches and similar hand tools
Hand-operated spanners and wrenches (including torque meter wrenches but not including tap wrenches); interchangeable spanner sockets, with or without handles
Hand tools (including glaziers' diamonds), not elsewhere specified or included; blowlamps; vices, clamps and the like, other than accessories for and parts of machine-tools or water-jet cutting machines; anvils; portable forges; hand- or pedal-operated grinding wheels with frameworks
Tools of two or more of headings 8202 to 8205, put up in sets for retail sale
Interchangeable tools for hand tools, whether or not power-operated, or for machine tools (for example, for pressing, stamping, punching, tapping, threading, drilling, boring, broaching, milling, turning or screw driving), including dies for drawing or extruding metal, and rock-drilling or earth-boring tools
Knives and cutting blades, for machines or for mechanical appliances
Plates, sticks, tips and the like for tools, unmounted, of cermets
Hand-operated mechanical appliances, weighing 10 kg or less, used in the preparation, conditioning or serving of food or drink
Knives with cutting blades, serrated or not (including pruning knives), other than knives of heading 8208, and blades therefor
Razors and razor blades (including razor blade blanks in strips)
Scissors, tailors' shears and similar shears, and blades therefor
Other articles of cutlery (for example, hair clippers, butchers' or kitchen cleavers, choppers and mincing knives, paperknives); manicure or pedicure sets and instruments (including nail files)
Spoons, forks, ladles, skimmers, cake-servers, fish-knives, butter-knives, sugar tongs and similar kitchen or tableware

Chapter notes

  • 1 Apart from blow lamps, portable forges, grinding wheels with frameworks, manicure and pedicure sets, and goods of heading 8209, this Chapter covers only articles with a blade, working edge, working surface or other working part of:
  • (a) base metal;
  • (b) metal carbides or cermets;
  • (c) precious or semi-precious stones (natural, synthetic or reconstructed) on a support of base metal, metal carbide or cermet; or
  • (d) abrasive materials on a support of base metal, provided that the articles have cutting teeth, flutes, grooves, or the like, of base metal, which retain their identity and function after the application of the abrasive.
  • 2 Parts of base metal of the articles of this chapter are to be classified with the articles of which they are parts, except parts separately specified as such and tool-holders for hand tools (heading 8466). However, parts of general use as defined in note 2 to Section XV are in all cases excluded from this chapter. Heads, blades and cutting plates for electric shavers or electric hair clippers are to be classified in heading 8510.
  • 3 Sets consisting of one or more knives of heading 8211 and at least an equal number of articles of heading 8215 are to be classified in heading 8215.

Section notes

  • 1 This section does not cover:
  • (a) prepared paints, inks or other products with a basis of metallic flakes or powder (headings 3207 to 3210, 3212, 3213 or 3215);
  • (b) ferro-cerium or other pyrophoric alloys (heading 3606);
  • (c) headgear or parts thereof of heading 6506 or 6507;
  • (d) umbrella frames or other articles of heading 6603;
  • (e) goods of Chapter 71 (for example, precious-metal alloys, base metal clad with precious metal, imitation jewellery);
  • (f) articles of Section XVI (machinery, mechanical appliances and electrical goods);
  • (g) assembled railway or tramway track (heading 8608) or other articles of Section XVII (vehicles, ships and boats, aircraft);
  • (h) instruments or apparatus of Section XVIII, including clock or watch springs;
  • (ij) lead shot prepared for ammunition (heading 9306) or other articles of Section XIX (arms and ammunition);
  • (k) articles of Chapter 94 (for example, furniture, mattress supports, lamps and lighting fittings, illuminated signs, prefabricated buildings);
  • (l) articles of Chapter 95 (for example, toys, games, sports requisites);
  • (m) hand sieves, buttons, pens, pencil-holders, pen nibs or other articles of Chapter 96 (miscellaneous manufactured articles); or
  • (n) articles of Chapter 97 (for example, works of art).
  • 2 Throughout the classification, the expression 'parts of general use' means:
  • (a) articles of heading 7307, 7312, 7315, 7317 or 7318 and similar articles of other base metal;
  • (b) springs and leaves for springs, of base metal, other than clock or watch springs (heading 9114); and
  • (c) articles of headings 8301, 8302, 8308, 8310 and frames and mirrors, of base metal, of heading 8306.
  • In Chapters 73 to 76 and 78 to 82 (but not in heading 7315), references to parts of goods do not include references to parts of general use as defined above.
  • Subject to the preceding paragraph and to note 1 to Chapter 83, the articles of Chapter 82 or 83 are excluded from Chapters 72 to 76 and 78 to 81.
  • 3 Throughout the classification, the expression 'base metals' means: iron and steel, copper, nickel, aluminium, lead, zinc, tin, tungsten (wolfram), molybdenum, tantalum, magnesium, cobalt, bismuth, cadmium, titanium, zirconium, antimony, manganese, beryllium, chromium, germanium, vanadium, gallium, hafnium, indium, niobium (columbium), rhenium and thallium.
  • 4 Throughout the classification, the term 'cermets' means products containing a microscopic heterogeneous combination of a metallic component and a ceramic component. The term 'cermets' includes sintered metal carbides (metal carbides sintered with a metal).
  • 5 Classification of alloys (other than ferro-alloys and master alloys as defined in Chapters 72 and 74):
  • (a) An alloy of base metals is to be classified as an alloy of the metal which predominates by weight over each of the other metals.
  • (b) An alloy composed of base metals of this section and of elements not falling within this section is to be treated as an alloy of base metals of this section if the total weight of such metals equals or exceeds the total weight of the other elements present.
  • (c) In this section, the term 'alloys' includes sintered mixtures of metal powders, heterogeneous intimate mixtures obtained by melting (other than cermets) and intermetallic compounds.
  • 6 Unless the context otherwise requires, any reference in the classification to a base metal includes a reference to alloys which, by virtue of note 5 above, are to be classified as alloys of that metal.
  • 7 Classification of composite articles: Except where the headings otherwise require, articles of base metal (including articles of mixed materials treated as articles of base metal under the Interpretative rules) containing two or more base metals are to be treated as articles of the base metal predominating by weight over each of the other metals.
  • For this purpose:
  • (a) Iron and steel, or different kinds of iron or steel, are regarded as one and the same metal.
  • (b) An alloy is regarded as being entirely composed of that metal as an alloy of which, by virtue of note 5, it is classified.
  • (c) A cermet of heading 8113 is regarded as a single base metal.
  • 8 In this section, the following expressions have the meanings hereby assigned to them:
  • (a) Waste and scrap
  • Metal waste and scrap from the manufacture or mechanical working of metals, and metal goods definitely not usable as such because of breakage, cutting-up, wear or other reasons.
  • (b) Powders
  • Products of which 90% or more by weight passes through a sieve having a mesh aperture of 1mm.
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