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1292.0 - Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (Revision 1.0)  
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Contents >> Chapter 8 The detailed classification >> Division F Wholesale Trade

DIVISION F – WHOLESALE TRADE




The Wholesale Trade Division includes units mainly engaged in the purchase and onselling, the commission based buying, and/or the commission based selling of goods, without significant transformation, to businesses. Units are classified to the Wholesale Trade Division in the first instance if they buy finished goods and then onsell them (including on a commission basis) to businesses.


Wholesalers' premises are usually a warehouse or office with little or no display of goods large storage facilities and are not generally located or designed to attract a high proportion of walk-in customers. Wholesaling is often characterised by high value and/or bulk volume transactions, and customers are generally reached through trade-specific contacts.


The Wholesale Trade Division distinguishes two types of wholesalers:

  • merchant wholesalers who take title to the goods they sell, including import/export merchants; and
  • units whose main activity is the commission based buying and/or the commission based selling of goods, acting as wholesale agents or brokers, or business to business electronic markets, both of whom arrange the sale of goods on behalf of others for a commission or fee without taking title to the goods.

A unit which sells to both businesses and the general public will be classified to the Wholesale Trade Division if it operates from premises such as warehouses or offices with little or no display of goods, has large storage facilities, and is not generally located or designed to attract a high proportion of walk-in customers.


For units that have goods manufactured for them on commission and then sell those goods, the following treatment guidelines are to be followed:

  • units that own the material inputs, own the final outputs but have the production done by others will be included in the Manufacturing Division;
  • units that do not own the material inputs, own the final outputs but have the production done by others will not be included in the Manufacturing Division (these may be included in wholesale trade or other divisions); and
  • units that do not own the material inputs, do not own the final outputs but undertake the production for others will be included in the Manufacturing Division.

As a result, units that have goods manufactured for them on commission will be included in the Wholesale Trade Division where they do not own the material inputs to the manufacturing process, but take title to the outputs and sell them in the manner prescribed above for typical wholesaling units.


This section contains the following subsection :
        Subdivision 33 Basic Material Wholesaling
        Subdivision 34 Machinery and Equipment Wholesaling
        Subdivision 35 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts Wholesaling
        Subdivision 36 Grocery, Liquor and Tobacco Product Wholesaling
        Subdivision 37 Other Goods Wholesaling
        Subdivision 38 Commission-Based Wholesaling

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