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List of relevant tariff classifications

Tariff classifications describe types of imported goods. 

You’ll need to register your business with us if your imported goods contain industrial chemicals and any tariff classifications in the table below apply to the goods you’re importing.

We’ve put together a table listing some common classifications relevant to AICIS. Importers shouldn’t limit themselves to these import classifications, as some industrial chemicals are imported under chapters not listed in this table. For a complete list, go to the Australian Border Force.

Once you’ve confirmed what classifications apply to your goods, check what registration level and fee apply to your circumstances.

Chapter Number reference Description
15 1505,1518 to 1522 inclusive Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
25 All Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials; lime and cement
26 All Ores, slag and ash
27 All except 2701, 2702, 2703, 2709 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
28 All except 2844, 2845 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
29 All except 2935, 2936, 2937, 2940, 2941 Organic chemicals
32 All Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks
33 All Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations
34 All except 3406 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
35 All Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes
36 All except 3603 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
37 3707 only Photographic or cinematographic goods 3707- Chemical preparations for photographic uses (other than varnishes, glues, adhesives and similar preparations), unmixed products for photographic uses, put in measured portions or put up for retail sale in a form ready for use
38 All Miscellaneous chemical products
39 3901 to 3914 inclusive Plastics and articles thereof
40 4001 and 4002 only Rubber and articles thereof
47 All except 4707 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paper board
96 9608, 9612, 9613 only Miscellaneous manufactured articles


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