Section XVII - Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

Chapter 86
Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
Chapter 87
Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
Chapter 88
Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
Chapter 89
Ships, boats and floating structures


  1. This Section does not cover articles of 9503 or 9508, or bobsleighs, toboggans or the like of 9506.


  2. "Parts" and "parts and accessories" do not apply to the following articles, whether or not they are identifiable as for the goods of this Section:
    1. Joints, washers or the like of any material (classified according to their constituent material or in 8484) or other articles of vulcanised rubber other than hard rubber (4016);
    2. Parts of general use, as defined in Note 2 to Section XV, of base metal (Section XV), or similar goods of plastics (Chapter 39);
    3. Articles of Chapter 82 (tools);
    4. Articles of 8306;
    5. Machines or apparatus of 8401 to 8479, or parts thereof, other than the radiators for the articles of this Section; articles of 8481 or 8482 or, provided they constitute integral parts of engines or motors, articles of 8483;
    6. Electrical machinery or equipment (Chapter 85);
    7. Articles of Chapter 90;
    8. Articles of Chapter 91;
    9. ij. Arms (Chapter 93);
    10. Lamps or lighting fittings of 9405; or
    11. Brushes of a kind used as parts of vehicles (9603).


  3. References in Chapters 86 to 88 to "parts" or "accessories" do not apply to parts or accessories which are not suitable for use solely or principally with the articles of those Chapters. A part or accessory which answers to a description in two or more of the headings of those Chapters is to be classified under that heading which corresponds to the principal use of that part or accessory.


  4. For the purpose of this Section:
    1. Vehicles specially constructed to travel on both road and rail are classified under the appropriate heading of Chapter 87;
    2. Amphibious motor vehicles are classified under the appropriate heading of Chapter 87;
    3. Aircraft specially constructed so that they can also be used as road vehicles are classified under the appropriate heading of Chapter 88.


  5. Air-cushion vehicles are to be classified within this Section with the vehicles to which they are most akin as follows:
    1. In Chapter 86 if designed to travel on a guide-track (hovertrains);
    2. In Chapter 87 if designed to travel over land or over both land and water;
    3. In Chapter 89 if designed to travel over water, whether or not able to land on beaches or landing-stages or also able to travel over ice.

    Parts and accessories of air-cushion vehicles are to be classified in the same way as those of vehicles of the heading in which the air-cushion vehicles are classified under the above provisions.

    Hovertrain track fixtures and fittings are to be classified as railway track fixtures and fittings, and signalling, safety or traffic control equipment for hovertrain transport systems as signalling, safety or traffic control equipment for railways.

  6. Note 2(e) operative 1/1/17.

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