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Detailed structure and explanatory notes

ISIC Rev.3.1 code 51


  • Section: G - Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal and household goods
  • Division: 51 - Wholesale trade and commission trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles


This Division is divided into the following Groups:

  • 511 - Wholesale on a fee or contract basis
  • 512 - Wholesale of agricultural raw materials, live animals, food, beverages and tobacco
  • 513 - Wholesale of household goods
  • 514 - Wholesale of non-agricultural intermediate products, waste and scrap
  • 515 - Wholesale of machinery, equipment and supplies
  • 519 - Other wholesale

Explanatory note

This division includes:
- resale (sale without transformation) of new and used goods to retailers, to industrial, commercial, institutional or professional users, or to other wholesalers; or acting as agent in buying merchandise for, or selling merchandise to, such persons or companies:
· activities of wholesale merchants, jobbers, industrial distributors, exporters, importers, co-operative buying associations, merchandise and commodity brokers, commission merchants and agents and assemblers, buyers and cooperative associations engaged in the marketing of farm products

This division also includes:
- the usual manipulations involved in wholesale such as assembling, sorting and grading of goods in large lots, breaking bulk, repacking and bottling, redistribution in smaller lots, e.g. pharmaceuticals; storage, refrigeration, delivery and installation of goods on own account
- packing of solid goods and bottling of liquid or gaseous goods, including blending and filtering on own account

This division excludes:
- wholesale of motor vehicles, caravans and motorcycles, see 5010, 5040
- wholesale of motor accessories, see 5030, 5040
- renting and leasing of goods, see division 71
- packing of solid goods and bottling of liquid or gaseous goods, including blending and filtering for third parties, see 7495

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