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Section XV : Base metals and articles of base metal

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

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Padlocks and locks (key, combination or electrically operated), of base metal; clasps and frames with clasps, incorporating locks, of base metal; keys for any of the foregoing articles, of base metal
Base-metal mountings, fittings and similar articles suitable for furniture, doors, staircases, windows, blinds, coachwork, saddlery, trunks, chests, caskets or the like; base-metal hat-racks, hat-pegs, brackets and similar fixtures; castors with mountings of base metal; automatic door closers of base metal
Armoured or reinforced safes, strongboxes and doors and safe deposit lockers for strong-rooms, cash or deed boxes and the like, of base metal
Filing cabinets, card-index cabinets, paper trays, paper rests, pen trays, office-stamp stands and similar office or desk equipment, of base metal, other than office furniture of heading 9403
Fittings for loose-leaf binders or files, letter clips, letter corners, paper clips, indexing tags and similar office articles, of base metal; staples in strips (for example, for offices, upholstery, packaging), of base metal
Bells, gongs and the like, non-electric, of base metal; statuettes and other ornaments, of base metal; photograph, picture or similar frames, of base metal; mirrors of base metal
Flexible tubing of base metal, with or without fittings
Clasps, frames with clasps, buckles, buckle-clasps, hooks, eyes, eyelets and the like, of base metal, of a kind used for clothing or clothing accessories, footwear, jewellery, wrist watches, books, awnings, leather goods, travel goods or saddlery or for other made up articles; tubular or bifurcated rivets, of base metal; beads and spangles, of base metal
Stoppers, caps and lids (including crown corks, screw caps and pouring stoppers), capsules for bottles, threaded bungs, bung covers, seals and other packing accessories, of base metal
Sign-plates, nameplates, address-plates and similar plates, numbers, letters and other symbols, of base metal, excluding those of heading 9405
Wire, rods, tubes, plates, electrodes and similar products, of base metal or of metal carbides, coated or cored with flux material, of a kind used for soldering, brazing, welding or deposition of metal or of metal carbides; wire and rods, of agglomerated base metal powder, used for metal spraying

Chapter notes

  • 1 For the purposes of this chapter, parts of base metal are to be classified with their parent articles. However, articles of iron or steel of heading 7312, 7315, 7317, 7318 or 7320, or similar articles of other base metal (Chapters 74 to 76 and 78 to 81) are not to be taken as parts of articles of this chapter.
  • 2 For the purposes of heading 8302, the word 'castors' means those having a diameter (including, where appropriate, tyres) not exceeding 75mm, or those having a diameter (including, where appropriate, tyres) exceeding 75mm provided that the width of the wheel or tyre fitted thereto is less than 30mm.

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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