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What is this code used for?

This code is intended to be used for sanitisers for external use used for personal protection against bacteria and viruses. Sanitiser is a hygiene item used to decrease infectious agents on the hands and body and usually contains ethanol, propan-1-ol, propan-2-ol or isopropyl alcohol. These products may come in a variety of forms like gels, lotions, or foams.

What kinds of products are typically included?

Items typically included within this product tax code include hand sanitisers, sanitiser wipes and wet wipes, sanitising lotions, sanitising foams, and medical sanitisers.

What kinds of products are typically excluded?

Items typically excluded from this tax product code are as follows:

  • Sanitising soaps
  • Surface cleaners and wipes not intended for hands or the human body, even if they contain sanitising agents
  • Sanitiser intended for animal sanitation
  • Medicine intended to be ingested
  • Beauty gels, lotions or foams

Product Taxability Rules
Country Country Code VAT Rate
Austria AT S
Belgium BE R
Bulgaria BG S
Croatia HR S
Cyprus CY S
Czech Republic CZ S
Denmark DK S
Estonia EE S
Finland FI S
France FR R2
Germany DE S
Greece GR R2
Hungary HU S
Ireland IE S
Italy IT R2
Latvia LV S
Lithuania LT S
Luxembourg LU S
Malta MT R
Netherlands NL S
Poland PL S
Portugal PT R2
Romania RO S
Slovakia SK S
Slovenia SI S
Spain ES S
Sweden SE S
United Kingdom GB S

S Standard Rate R Reduced Rate 1
R2 Reduced Rate 2 SR Super-Reduced Rate
Z Zero Rate

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