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Section XIV - Chapter 71
Natural or Cultured Pearls, Precious or Semiprecious Stones, Precious Metals, Metals Clad with Precious Metal, and Articles Thereof; Imitation Jewelry; Coin
Notes
1. Subject to note 1(a) to section VI and except as provided below, all articles consisting wholly or partly:
(a). Of natural or cultured pearls or of precious or semiprecious stones (natural, synthetic or reconstructed), or
(b). Of precious metal, or of metal clad with precious metal, are to be classified in this chapter.
2. (a). Headings 7113, 7114 and 7115 do not cover articles in which precious metal or metal clad with precious metal is present as minor constituents only, such as minor fittings or minor ornamentation (for example, monograms, ferrules and rims), and paragraph (b) of the foregoing note does not apply to such articles.
(b). Heading 7116 does not cover articles containing precious metal or metal clad with precious metal (other than as minor constituents).
3. This chapter does not cover:
(a). Amalgams of precious metal, or colloidal precious metal (heading 2843);
(b). Sterile surgical suture materials, dental fillings or other goods of chapter 30;
(c). Goods of chapter 32 (for example, lustres);
(d). Supported catalysts (heading 3815);
(e). Articles of heading 4202 or 4203 referred to in note 2(b) to chapter 42;
(f). Articles of heading 4303 or 4304;
(g). Goods of section XI (textiles and textile articles);
(h). Footwear, headgear or other articles of chapter 64 or 65;
(ij). Umbrellas, walking-sticks or other articles of chapter 66;
(k). Abrasive goods of heading 6804 or 6805 or chapter 82, containing dust or powder of precious or semiprecious stones (natural or synthetic); articles of chapter 82 with a working part of precious or semiprecious stones (natural, synthetic or reconstructed); machinery, mechanical appliances or electrical goods, or parts thereof, of section XVI. However, articles and parts thereof, wholly of precious or semiprecious stones (natural, synthetic or reconstructed) remain classified in this chapter, except unmounted worked sapphires and diamonds for styli (heading 8522);
(l). Articles of chapter 90, 91 or 92 (scientific instruments, clocks and watches, musical instruments);
(m). Arms or parts thereof (chapter 93);
(n). Articles covered by note 2 to chapter 95;
(o). Articles classified in chapter 96 by virtue of note 4 to that chapter; or
(p). Original sculptures or statuary (heading 9703), collectors' pieces (heading 9705) or antiques of an age exceeding one hundred years (heading 9706), other than natural or cultured pearls or precious or semiprecious stones.
4. (a). The expression "precious metal" means silver, gold and platinum.
(b). The expression "platinum" means platinum, iridium, osmium, palladium, rhodium and ruthenium.
(c). The expression "precious or semiprecious stones" does not include any of the substances specified in note 2(b) to chapter 96.
5. For the purposes of this chapter, any alloy (including a sintered mixture and an intermetallic compound) containing precious metal is to be treated as an alloy of precious metal if any one precious metal constitutes as much as 2 percent, by weight, of the alloy. Alloys of precious metal are to be classified according to the following rules:
(a). An alloy containing 2 percent or more, by weight, of platinum is to be treated as an alloy of platinum;
(b). An alloy containing 2 percent or more, by weight, of gold but no platinum, or less than 2 percent, by weight, of platinum is to be treated as an alloy of gold;
(c). Other alloys containing 2 percent or more, by weight, of silver are to be treated as alloys of silver.
6. Except where the context otherwise requires, any reference in the nomenclature to precious metal or to any particular precious metal includes a reference to alloys treated as alloys of precious metal or of the particular metal in accordance with the rules in note 5 above, but not to metal clad with precious metal or to base metal or non-metals coated or plated with precious metal.
7. Throughout the nomenclature, the expression "metal clad with precious metal" means material made with a base of metal upon one or more surfaces of which there is affixed by soldering, brazing, welding, hot-rolling or similar mechanical means a covering of precious metal. Except where the context otherwise requires, the expression also covers base metal inlaid with precious metal.
8. Subject to note 1(a) to Section VI, goods answering to a description in heading 7112 are to be classified in that heading and in no other heading of the tariff schedule.
9. For the purposes of heading 7113, the expression "articles of jewelry" means:
(a). Any small objects of personal adornment (gem-set or not) (for example, rings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, earrings, watch chains, fobs, pendants, tie pins, cufflinks, dress studs, religious or other medals and insignia); and
(b). Articles of personal use of a kind normally carried in the pocket, in the handbag or on the person (for example, cigar or cigarette cases, snuff boxes, cachou or pillboxes, powder boxes, chain purses or prayer beads).

These articles may be combined or set, for example, with natural or cultured pearls, precious or semiprecious stones, synthetic or reconstructed precious or semiprecious stones, tortoise shell, mother-of-pearl, ivory, natural or reconstituted amber, jet or coral.

10. For the purposes of heading 7114, the expression "articles of goldsmiths' or silversmiths' wares" includes such articles as ornaments, tableware, toilet-ware, smokers' articles and other articles of household, office or religious use.
11. For the purposes of heading 7117, the expression "imitation jewelry" means articles of jewelry within the meaning of paragraph (a) of note 9 above (but not including buttons or other articles of heading 9606, or dress combs, hair slides or the like, or hai r-pins,of heading 9615), not incorporating natural or cultured pearls, precious or semiprecious stones (natural, synthetic or reconstructed) nor (except as plating or as minor constituents)precious metal or metal clad with precious metal.
Subheading Notes
1. For the purposes of subheadings 7106.10, 7108.11, 7110.11, 7110.21, 7110.31 and 7110.41, the expressions ""powder"" and ""in powder form"" mean products of which 90 percent or more by weight passes through a sieve having a mesh aperture of 0.5 mm (0.020 inch).
2. Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter note 4 (b), for the purposes of subheadings 7110.11 and 7110.19, the expression "platinum" does not include iridium, osmium, palladium, rhodium or ruthenium.
3. For the classification of alloys in the subheadings of heading 7110, each alloy is to be classified with that metal, platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium or ruthenium, which predominates by weight over each other of these metals.
Statistical Note
1. For the purposes of subchapter II, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a). The term "unwrought" refers to metals, whether or not refined, in the form of ingots, blocks, lumps, billets, cakes, slabs, pigs, cathodes, anodes, briquettes, cubes, sticks,grains, sponge, pellets, shot, and similar manufactured primary forms, but does no t cover rolled, forged, drawn, or extruded products, tubular products or cast orsintered forms which have been machined or processed otherwise than by simple trimming, scalping or descaling;
(b). The term "semimanufactured" refers to wrought metal products in the form of bars, rods, sections, plates, sheets, strips, wire, tubes, pipes, and hollow bars, and to powder (other than primary metals in powder form);
(c). The term "waste and scrap" refers to materials and articles of metals which are second-hand or waste or refuse, or are obsolete, defective, or damaged, and which are fit only for the recovery of the metal content or for use in the manufacture of chemicals, and does not include metals in unwrought form or metal-bearing materials provided for in heading 2616.

Schedule B No. and Headings Commodity Description Unit of Quantity Second Quantity
71 Natural or Cultured Pearls, Precious or Semiprecious Stones, Precious Metals, Metals Clad with Precious Metal, and Articles Thereof; Imitation Jewelry; Coin
71.01 - Pearls, natural or cultured, whether or not worked or graded but not strung, mounted or set; pearls, natural or cultured, temporarily strung for convenience of transport:
7101.10.0000 - - Natural pearls X
- - Cultured pearls:
7101.21.0000 - - - Unworked X
7101.22.0000 - - - Worked X
71.02 - Diamonds, whether or not worked, but not mounted or set:
7102.10.0000 - - Unsorted carat
- - Industrial:
7102.21.0000 - - - Unworked or simply sawn, cleaved or bruted carat
7102.29.0000 - - - Other carat
- - Nonindustrial:
7102.31.0000 - - - Unworked or simply sawn, cleaved or bruted carat
7102.39 - - - Other:
7102.39.0010 - - - - Weighing not over 0.5 carat each carat
7102.39.0050 - - - - Weighing over 0.5 carat each carat
71.03 - Precious stones (other than diamonds) and semiprecious stones, whether or not worked or graded but not strung, mounted or set; ungraded precious stones (other than diamonds) and semi- precious stones, temporarily strung for convenience of transport:
7103.10 - - Unworked or simply sawn or roughly shaped:
7103.10.2000 - - - Unworked carat
7103.10.4000 - - - Other carat
- - Otherwise worked:
7103.91.0000 - - - Rubies, sapphires and emeralds X
7103.99 - - - Other:
7103.99.1000 - - - - Cut but not set, and suitable for use in the manufacture of jewelry X
7103.99.5000 - - - - Other X
71.04 - Synthetic or reconstructed precious or semiprecious stones, whether or not worked or graded but not strung, mounted or set; ungraded synthetic or reconstructed precious or semiprecious stones, temporarily strung for convenience of transport:
7104.10.0000 - - Piezo-electric quartz kg
7104.20.0000 - - Other, unworked or simply sawn or roughly shaped X
7104.90 - - Other:
7104.90.1000 - - - Cut but not set, and suitable for use in the manufacture of jewelry No.
7104.90.5000 - - - Other X
71.05 - Dust and powder of natural or synthetic precious or semiprecious stones:
7105.10 - - Of diamonds:
7105.10.0010 - - - Natural carat
7105.10.0025 - - - Synthetic carat
7105.90.0000 - - Other kg
71.06 - Silver (including silver plated with gold or platinum), unwrought or in semimanufactured forms, or in powder form:
7106.10.0000 - - Powder g
- - Other:
7106.91 - - - Unwrought:
- - - - Bullion and dore:
7106.91.1010 - - - - - Bullion (silver content) Ag g
7106.91.1020 - - - - - Dore (silver content) Ag g
7106.91.5000 - - - - Other g
7106.92.0000 - - - Semimanufactured g
7107.00.0000 - Base metals clad with silver, not further worked than semimanufactured g
71.08 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semimanufactured forms, or in powder form:
- - Nonmonetary:
7108.11.0000 - - - Powder g
7108.12 - - - Other unwrought forms:
- - - - Bullion and dore:
7108.12.1010 - - - - - Bullion (gold content) Au g
7108.12.1020 - - - - - Dore (gold content) Au g
7108.12.5000 - - - - Other g
7108.13 - - - Other semimanufactured forms:
7108.13.1000 - - - - Gold leaf cm2
7108.13.5000 - - - - Other g
7108.20.0000 - - Monetary g
7109.00.0000 - Base metals or silver, clad with gold, not further worked than semimanufactured g
71.10 - Platinum, unwrought or in semimanufactured forms, or in powder form:
- - Platinum:
7110.11.0000 - - - Unwrought or in powder form (platinum content) Pt g
7110.19.0000 - - - Other (platinum content) Pt g
- - Palladium:
7110.21.0000 - - - Unwrought or in powder form (palladium content) Pd g
7110.29.0000 - - - Other (palladium content) Pd g
- - Rhodium:
7110.31.0000 - - - Unwrought or in powder form (rhodium content) Rh g
7110.39.0000 - - - Other (rhodium content) Rh g
- - Iridium, osmium and ruthenium:
7110.41.0000 - - - Unwrought or in powder form g
7110.49.0000 - - - Other g
7111.00.0000 - Base metals, silver or gold, clad with platinum, not further worked than semimanufactured g
71.12 - Waste and scrap of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal; other waste and scrap containing precious metal or precious metal compounds, of a kind used principally for the recovery of precious metal:
7112.30.0000 - - Ash containing precious metals or precious metal compounds g
- - Other:
7112.91.0000 - - - Of gold, including metal clad with gold but excluding sweepings containing other precious metals g Au g
7112.92.0000 - - - Of platinum, including metal clad with platinum but excluding sweepings containing other precious metals g Pt g
7112.99.0000 - - - Other g
71.13 - Articles of jewelry and parts thereof, of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal:
- - Of precious metal whether or not plated or clad with precious metal:
7113.11.0000 - - - Of silver, whether or not plated or clad with other precious metal X
7113.19.0000 - - - Of other precious metal, whether or not plated or clad with precious metal X
7113.20.0000 - - Of base metal clad with precious metal X
71.14 - Articles of goldsmiths' or silversmiths' wares and parts thereof, of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal:
- - Of precious metal whether or not plated or clad with precious metal:
7114.11 - - - Of silver, whether or not plated or clad with other precious metal:
7114.11.5100 - - - - Knives, forks, spoons or ladles, whether or not combined in sets Pcs.
7114.11.5500 - - - - Articles not elsewhere specified or included of a type used for household, table or kitchen use; toilet and sanitary wares; all the foregoing and parts thereof, of silver X
7114.11.7000 - - - - Other X
7114.19.0000 - - - Of other precious metal, whether or not plated or clad with precious metal X
7114.20.0000 - - Of base metal clad with precious metal X
71.15 - Other articles of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal:
7115.10.0000 - - Catalysts in the form of wire cloth or grill, of platinum g
7115.90.0000 - - Other g
71.16 - Articles of natural or cultured pearls, precious or semiprecious stones (natural, synthetic or reconstructed):
7116.10 - - Of natural or cultured pearls:
7116.10.1000 - - - Natural X
7116.10.2500 - - - Cultured X
7116.20 - - Of precious or semiprecious stones (natural, synthetic or reconstructed):
7116.20.1000 - - - Articles of jewelry X
7116.20.4050 - - - Other X
71.17 - Imitation jewelry:
- - Of base metal, whether or not plated with precious metal:
7117.11.0000 - - - Cuff links and studs X
7117.19.0000 - - - Other X
7117.90.0000 - - Other X
71.18 - Coin:
7118.10.0000 - - Coin (other than gold coin), not being legal tender X
7118.90 - - Other:
7118.90.0030 - - - Gold (gold content) Au g
7118.90.0050 - - - Other than gold X

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