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Chapter Introduction (Excise)

1. This Chapter does not cover:

  1. separate chemically defined elements or compounds with the exception of the following :

    1. artificial graphite (heading 3801);

    2. insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, herbicides, anti-sprouting pro-
      ducts 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;

  2. mixtures of chemicals with foodstuffs or other substances with nutritive value, of a kind used in the preparation of human foodstuffs (generally, heading 2106);

  3. 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);

  4. medicaments (Heading 3003 or 3004);

  5. 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 gauze (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 Schedule.

3. Heading 3824 includes the following goods which are not to be classified in any other heading of this Schedule:

  1. cultured crystals (other than optical elements) weighing not less than 2.5 g each, of magnesium oxide or of the halides of the alkali or alkaline-earth metals;

  2. fusel oil; Dippel’s oil;

  3. ink removers put up in packings for retail sale;

  4. stencil correctors and other correcting fluids put up in packings for retail sale; and

  5. ceramic firing testers, fusible (for example, seger cones).

4. Throughout the Schedule, “municipal waste” means waste of a kind collected from households, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, shops, offices, etc., road and pavement sweep- ings, 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:

  1. 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 Schedule;

  2. industrial waste;

  3. waste pharmaceuticals, as defined in Note 4(k) to Chapter 30; or

  4. 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 pre-treatment 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:

  1. 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 (for example, soiled dressings, used gloves and used syringes);

  2. waste organic solvents;

  3. wastes of metal pickling liquors, hydraulic fluids, brake fluids and anti-freezing fluids; and

  4. 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).

7. For the purposes of heading 3826, the term "biodiesel" means mono-alkyl esters of fatty acids of kind used as a fuel, derived from animal or vegetable fats and oils whether or not used.

8. This Chapter does not cover products containing alcohol, opium, Indian hemp or other narcotic drugs. For the purposes of this Note, “alcohol”, “opium”, “Indian hemp”, “narcotic drugs” and “narcotic” have the meanings assigned to them in section 2 of the Medicinal and Toilet Preparations (Excise Duties) Act, 1955 (16 of 1955).

In relation to products of heading 3808, addition of chemicals and other ingredients like inert carriers or solvents, surface active dispersing and stabilising agents, emulsifires, wetting and dispersing agents, deodorant, masking agent, attractants and feeding stimulants to pesticidal chemicals in concentrated form, labelling or relabelling of containers intended for consumers and repacking from bulk pack to retail packs or the adoption of any other treatment to render the product marketable to the consumer shall amount to ‘manufacture’.

9. In relation to products of this Chapter (other than products of heading 3808), labelling or relabelling of containers and repacking from bulk packs to retail packs or the adoption of any other treatment to render the product marketable to the consumer, shall amount to ‘manufacture’.

10. in relation to products of this chapter 9other than products of heading 38080, [labelling or relabelling of containers or repacking] from bulk packs to retail packs of the adoption of any other treatment to render the product marketable to the consumer, shall amount to "manufacture".


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