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Detailed structure and explanatory notes

ISIC Rev.3 code 51


  • Tabulation Category: 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 the re-sale (sale without transformation) of new and used goods to retailers, to industrial, commercial, institutional or professional users; or to other wholesalers; or acting as agents or brokers in buying merchandise for, or selling merchandise to, such persons or companies. The principal types of businesses included are merchant wholesalers, i.e. wholesalers who take title to the goods they sell, such as wholesale merchants or jobbers, industrial distributors, exporters, importers, terminal elevators, and co-operative buying associations, sales branches and sales offices (but not retail stores) which are maintained by manufacturing or mining units apart from their plants or mines for the purpose of marketing their products and which do not merely take orders to be filled by direct shipments from the plants or mines. Also included are merchandise and commodity brokers, commission merchants and agents and assemblers, buyers and co-operative associations engaged in the marketing of farm products.
Wholesalers frequently physically assemble, sort and grade goods in large lots, break bulk, re-pack, redistribute in smaller lots, e.g. pharmaceuticals; store, refrigerate, deliver and install goods, engage in sales promotion for their customers and label design.

Exclusions: Wholesale of motor vehicles, or of motorcycles and snowmobiles is classified in class 5010 (Sale of motor vehicles) and 5040 (Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories), respectively.
Activities of dealers and brokers of commodity futures contracts, and exchanges for trading in such contracts, are classified in the appropriate class of group 671 (Activities auxiliary to financial intermediation, except insurance and pension funding).

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