3404 Artificial waxes and prepared waxes
3404 90 10 Prepared waxes, including sealing waxes
This subheading covers the products listed in the HS Explantatory Notes to heading No 3404, first paragraph, (B) and (C).
3404 90 90 Other
This subheading covers the waxes referred to in the HS Explantatory Notes to heading No 3404, first paragraph, (A).
3405 Polishes and creams, for footwear, furniture, floors, coachwork, glass or metal, scouring pastes andpowders and similar preparations (whether or not in the form of paper, wadding, felt, nonwovens,cellular plastics or cellular rubber, impregnated, coated or covered with such preparations), excludingwaxes of heading No 3404
3405 10 00 Polishes, creams and similar preparations, for footwear or leather
The primary materials used in the manufacture of products for footwear consist generally of waxes (animal, vegetable,mineral or artificial), volatile solvents (spirits of turpentine, white spirit, etc.), colouring material and various other sub-stances (alcohol, borax, artificial oils, emulsifiers, etc.).Leather dyes, particularly those for suède footwear, are not products of the nature of polishes and creams and fall withinsubheading 3212 90 90 (if they are, as is generally the case, put up in forms or in packings of a kind sold by retail). Alsoexcluded from this subheading are whitenings for footwear, which fall within subheading 3210 00 90. Greases for footwearfall generally within subheading 3403 11 00 or 3403 91 00.
3405 20 00 Polishes, creams and similar preparations, for the maintenance of wooden furniture, floors or other woodwork
Products intended for the maintenance of wood (floors, furniture, woodwork) have cleansing properties and leave on thesurfaces to which they are applied a thin protective skin which, after drying and in some cases polishing, brighten theircolour or give them a glossy appearance. Products of this type are generally put up in cans, bottles, pads or aerosols. Duringmanufacture, in addition to waxes, solvents, colouring materials and special additives going into the composition of pol-ishes and creams for footwear, certain of the following products are frequently used: fatty acids, vegetable oils (e.g., palm oil,linseed oil) or mineral oils, soaps or surface-active agents, resins (copal, rosin or colophony, etc.), silicones, perfumes (e.g.,essence of pine, rosemary), insecticides, etc., but not abrasives.
3405 30 00 Polishes and similar preparations for coachwork, other than metal polishes
Products intended for the maintenance of vehicle bodywork generally consist of a waxy emulsion or solution containingsilicones, oils, emulsifying agents and, possibly, soft abrasives.
3405 40 00 Scouring pastes and powders and other scouring preparations
Scouring powders for baths, washbasins, tiles, etc. consist of very finely divided abrasive mixtures (e.g., pumice-stone,sandstone) and pulverized cleansers (e.g., surface-active agents with active anions, soap powder, sodium phosphate, anhy-drous sodium carbonate). They are generally put up in tins or packets. Scouring pastes are scouring products made by binding the powders with, for example, a wax solution.
3405 90 10 Metal polishes
Metal polishes are intended to restore, by surface treatment, the original appearance to corroded, soiled or weatheredmetals. This result is obtained by abrasion (a mechanical polishing action by an abrasive) and by a chemical or cleansingaction of the acids or alkalis on the oxides, sulphides and various tarnishes.The primary materials used in the manufacture of metal polishes are very finely divided abrasives (e.g., pumice-stone, chalk,kieselguhr, tripolite, bentonite, silica), acids (e.g., oxalic acid, oleic acid, phosphoric acid, sulphuric acid) volatile solvents(e.g., white spirit, trichlorethylene, denatured alcohol), alkalis (e.g., ammonia, soda), surface-active products such as fatty sulphonic alcohols, fats, soaps and in some cases colouring material and synthetic perfumes.Metal polishes are presented in the form of powder, pastes various compositions (creams or emulsions) and liquids. Depend-ing on the type, they are presented in bottles, cans, metal tubes, tins, packets or in the form of small lumps, cones, sticks,etc.
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