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The trarismisaion by the Foreign letter post of articles liable to
Customs duty is prohibited. Any letter or packet received in the
Protectorate by the Foreign post and suspected to contain dutiable
articles shall be opened, and, if the contents are dutiable, retained
until duty has been paid.

All goods imported by sea for conveyance by the Uganda Bail-
way and declared for traneit through the Protectorate, must pass
through the Customs-house at Kilindini. Gtxxls in transit are
liable to the usual warehouse rent, and landing and other charges,
and to an additional charge of 4 annas per package to cover
administration expenses in connexion with the transit traffic. The
import duty payable on goods in transit is repayable, at the option
of the transit age'nt, either at the place of entry or the place of
exit but no refund of duty is made afker the expiration of six
months from the date of issue of the transit manifest.

Goods in transit landed at the Port of Mombasa may, at the
discretion of the Chief of Customs, be treated as goods liable to the
payment of Customs duties, and in such cases no refund of duty
will be allowed to the transit agent or any other person.

* The rates of import daty in the Protectorate are Rs. 2 per gaUon on distiUed
liquors, eau de cologne, and lavender water, and 10 per cent, ad valorem on all
other dutiable articles.

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Oct. 17, 1907.] THE BOARD OF TRADE JOUBNAL. 125

Proposed- Tariff Changes.


The same issue of the " Gazette " contains a copy of a proposed
-^^. ^ Ordinance to authorise the issuing of licenses

fJS^^^ ^A« ^ ostrich farmers for the collecting of eggs of
^* wild ostriches and for the capturing of young

wild ostriches in the British East Africa Protectorate.

The Bill provides, inter alia, for the prohibition of the export of
** ostrich feathers" from the Protectorate except by an ostrich
&rmer who has obtained them from *' domesticated " ostriches
kept by him.

A "domesticated" ostrich is interpreted to mean an ostrich
which has been bred in captivity, or which has been captured when
young and kept in captivity for a period of not less than six

No export duty will be payable upon the feathers of any domesti-
cated ostrich exported from the Protectorate within three years
from the above-mentioned date.

Provision is also made for the prohibition of the export from the
Protectorate of any live ostrich or an '* unblown ostrich egg " unless
a license has been obtained from the Governor costing Ks. 500 for
a live ostrich and Rs. 75 for an unblown egg.

The license fee may be remitted in the case of ostriches exported
for scientific purposes.

No person may export a " blown ostrich eg^ ** unless he produces
a certificate signed by an ostrich farmer certifying that such egg
has been obtained from the person signing the certificate or unless
he satisfies the Customs officer that the esg was lawfully possessed
by him before the publication of this Ordmance.


The British ^ce-Gonsul at Bergen reports that the Norwegian
P^^^, Fisheries Council have decided to recommend

-^rlmS^lSn^^^ ^^ imposition of new export duties on fish in

'^'FiilL ^ ^^ order to provide funds for the insurance of

Norwegian fishermen against accidents. The

proposed new export duties are as follows : —

Smoked sardines in oil ... case of 12 dozen boxes
Salmon taken south of Finmarken ... 100 kilogs.

Lobsters ... ... ... ... ... each

Iced fish other than salmon 100 kilogs.










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[Oct. 17, 1907.



The Board of Trade have received, from the OflScer-in-charge of the
Commonwealth Offices in London, copies of
cablegrams, received from the Commonwealth
Government, notifying the following alterations

in the duties on tobacco in the Australian Customs and Excise

Tariff proposals : —

The Import duties on tobacco, manufactured, n.e.i., cigarettes

and snufr under items 17, 25 and 26 of Division II* of the Customs

Tariff have been passed, whilst the rates of duty on the other kinds

of tobacco enumerated ia that Division have been amended as

follows : —

CuBtomB Duties
on Tobacco.

Kates of Duty


under both the



General and


British Pre-
ferential Tariffs


Tobacco, cut per lb.




Tobacco, unmanufactured „




Tobacco, unmanufactured, but entered to be locally manu-
factured into tobacco or cigarettes — to be paid at the

time of removal to factory :—

(a) Unstemmed per lb.



(b) Stemmed or in strips, including clippings and

cuttings and any similar w^te per lb.



Tobacco, unmanufactured, but entered to be locally manu-
fectured into cigars— to be paid at the time of removal
to factory : —

(tf) Cnstemmed per lb.



lb) Stemmed or in strips, including clippings and
cuttings and any similar waste per lb.



Cigars, including the weight of bands and ribbons. . . „



Note. — Items 19, 21 (c) and 22 (c) have been deleted.

* For which wfl pp. 5-6 of the Supplement to the " Board of Trade Journal" for
19th September last.

The first item in the original Excise Tariff proposals (viz..
Excise Duties on " Tobacco, cut fine, for cigarettes ") is deleted,

- , ^^ and is included in the amended rates shown

Tobacco. below:-


Rates of
Excise Duty.

Tobacco, manufactured, n.e.i. :—
Made in Australia
Hand-made strand

.per lb.


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Tari-ff Changes and Ctutanu RegvlaUont.


Bates of
Excise Duty.

Cigars : —

Machine made ... ...per lb.

Hand-made ... ... ... ... ••• ... ,|

Cigarettes (indnding the weight of the outer portion
of each cigaretite) :—

Kachinemade „

Hand-made ,,


2 9

" Hand-made tobacco " means tobacco in the manufacture of which
all operations are entirely carried on by hand without the aid of
maclune tools or machinery other than that used in pressing

*' Hand-made cigars " means cigars in the manufSEUsture of which
every operation is performed by hand, provided that moulds may
be used.

*' Hand-made cigarettes ^ means cigarettes in the manufacture of
which the whole of the operations connected with the filling and
completion of the cigarettes shall be performed exclusively by

A farther notification has been received stating that " wire

-. . - . netting" is dutiable, with effect from 11th

Hfltti ^^ October, at the rate of 10 per cent, under the

d 01 '^^ General TariflTand 5 per cent, under the British

Tariff on importation into the Commonwealth.

It is also stated that an excise duty of Xs. per cwt. on glucose

has been passed, with effect from the 11th instant.


With reference to the notice that appeared in the " Board of Trade

- ^^ Journal ^ for 19th September last respecting a

... proposal to make provision for the better pro-

resTifiH:! S' ♦ tection of the Customs revenue by causing all

rwpwraig s p 8 ,t saleable " ship's stores, &c., of vessels arriving

stores. ^ any port in the Cape of Good Hope to be sealed

up whilst such vessel remains in any port of the Colony, the Board

of Trade have now received, through the Colonial Office, a copy

of the " Customs Act, 1907 " (No. 14 of 1907) which gives effect to

the above proposal, to come into force on the promulgation of the


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[Oct. 17, 1907.

Tariff CJumgei and Cu$tom$ ReguloHani.


A copy of an "Appraiser's" Bulletin (No. 257), dated 16th
p^ . September Jast, has been received, giving the


following Cnstoms decisions respecting the
rates of duty leviable on various articles im-
ported into the Dominion of Canada : —


Bate of Import Duty.


Under the
British Pre-
ferential Tariff.

Under the
(General Tariff.

Tbe Ohantauqua Quarterly

Dental engines, to caUed, as dental
instnunents of metal

Hobson's Concentrate

Pipes or tubes for use in transmitting
anhydrous ammonia in process of
refrigeration are not entitled to free
entry as " tubes for boilers " (item 396).

Articles partly nickel-plated or electro-
plated are not to be rated for duty
under item 862 as "nickel-plated
ware ** or '* electro-plated ware,** unless
half the metallic surface thereof is
nickel-plated or electro-plated— in
effect from 16th September, 1907.

whether kippered or not, or whether
put up with tomato pauce or not





%bo/oad vol,



U^ood val.

30 % ai «02.

Importation, ftc,

of Certain

Articles under

<< Improvement"

Trade Conditioni.


The Board of Trade are in receipt, through the Foreign OflSce, of
information to the effect that the Bundesrat has
recently authorised the duty-free importation or
re-importation of the following articles, under
the conditions governing " improvement "
trade: —

1. Chit cork cubes without the bark (Tariff

No. 637), for the purpose of being dressed and pointed.

2. Foreign finished carriage wheels of malleable iron, together
with the corresponding axles (Tariff No. 799), and rough iron car-
riage springs (Tariff No. 824), for the purpose of being built into
caravans (Wohnwagen).

3. Wheat meal (Tariff No. 162) deposited in an officially bonded
warehouse to be manufactured into wafers without the addition of
sugar or spice. If the " improvement " trade in this article takes
place in large quantities, 109 kilogs. of warehoused meal may be
exempted from duty for every 100 kilogs. of exported wafers.

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Tariff Chcmges and Customs ReffutaHom.

4. Dried figs (Tariff No. 52) to be used for dipping.

5. Home-made carding felt of wool (Tariff No. 514) to be
attached to foreign carding cloth (Tariff No. 581).

6- Home-made paper (so-called rough carton) (Tariff No. 655) to
be treated with baryta {Ba/rytstreichnen), provided the paper be re-


The Egyptian " Journal Officiel " for the 2l8t September contains
^^ , the following revised Valuation Tariff for use

Valuation Tariff
for certain Oila^

in assessing import duties on certain oils,
colours, &c., which was to come into force on
Col nr« ftc *^® 22nd September, and is to remain in opera-

^ ' • tion until the 21st December next, or until
denunciation : —


Valuation per kilogramme net.*

Former Tariff.

BeTised Tariff.

Cotton-eeed oil, *• prime winter yellow "

„ „ r^ned, and '' summer jeUow ** ...

linaeed oil, raw

„ boiled

Zinc white (first quality), including « Vieille

Montague" «

Zinc white (second quality), including " Kouvelle


neu lean ••• ... ••• ..• ••• ...


Ooco-nut oil, crude or refined



ad valorem

ad valorem




ad valorem


ad valorem


* Duty 'is leviable on these yaluations at the rate of 8 per cent.
1 1,000 mim^mes ss AE 1 =e II, 0«. 6i.


Hie Board of Trade are in receipt of information from the British
Vice-Consul at Madrid to the effect that in
accordance with a Royal Order, published in
the " Gaceta de Madrid," of 9th October, the
Customs Authorities are not, in future, to
require certificates of origin in respect of
imported merchandise included under the following numbers of
the Tariff, viz. : 76. 76, 87, 101, 102, 251, 403, 404, 442, 528, 529,
639, 640, 680, 682, 683 and 689.

Among the articles included in the foregoing numbers may be
m^itioned : —
Iron and steel wheels. Large pieces of iron and steel composed

Kodiflcation of


aa to Certificates

of Origin.

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180 THB BOABD OP TEABE JOtTBNAL. [Oct. 17, 1907.

Tari-ff Changes and Customs RegulaUons,

of bars, or of bars and the sheet metal belonging to them, with
rivets and screws ; also the foregoing not riveted, pierced and cat
to measure for bridges, frames of houses and other buildings, and
riveted tubes. Screws and bolts, up to 10 millim. thick, and nnts
and washers therefor.

White or coloured paper, of any weight, cut ; hand made and
blotting paper.

Electrical cables and wire.

Tinned beef or mutton and sardines in tins.

Certain indiarubber manufactures, including waterproof tissues
and boots and shoes.

Umbrellas and sunshades of silk.


The Board of Trade have received a copy of a Circular recently

Tw i,'v« # issued by the Roumanian Director-General of

S^ S^ t Customs, notifying the prohibition of the

W ^ od ^^ ^ importation of apparatus (ci^r lighters) with

jil^^' tn*^ alcohol, methyl or other chemical substance for

Appara . producing fire without direct contact with a

substance in combustion. The importation of apparatus for

obtaining fire by means of friction is not prohibited.


With reference to the notices which appeared in the "Board of

Gnftto Tr t- "^^^^^ Journal " for the 1st June and the 13th

^n^ J 4. J^^y 1905, respecting the Customs treatment of

ment or Goods at ^^^^^ imported at Pampatar, the Board of Trade

rampatar. ^^ ^^^ ^^ receipt, through the Foreign OflSce,

of information to the efiect that the Decree of 5th April, 1905,

whereby special bonding facilities and a reduced rate of Customs

duty were established at that port, has been repealed. Pampatar

remains the only port in the Island of Margarita open to the

importation of foreign merchandise ; and goods imported through

Pampatar, whether destined for the mainland or for consumption

in the Island, are subject to the same rates of duty as thoee

imported through other Venezuelan ports.


The Boai'd of Trade are in receipt, through the Foreign Office, of
- .,,- information to the effect that the Argentine

jnetnooor ,, Boletin Oficial " of the 23rd August contains

Bsessmg po ^ Ministerial Besolution providing that bever-
^?? # ^S^^ imported in sample bottles of less than

jouies or g^ millilitres (30515 cubic inches) capacity,

V rage • ^^^ ^j^^ purpose of obtaining orders, shall pay

duty on the basis of the aggregate quantity of litres of each

beverage contained in the total number of sample bottles cleared

through the Customs.

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Oct 17, 1907.] THE BOABD 07 TRADE J0T7XNAL. 181

Tariff Changes and Customs Regvlalions.


The Board of Trade have received, throupfh the Foreign Office, a
Tariff (nAflsifte&. ^^^ ^^ * Colombian Presidential Decree, dated
«*^f Pri ti August, providing as follows : —

IT tflTi 1^^ Pritviing presses, type amd wrtides essentiai for

tenaiy pi^^^H^^g^ oj^ assigned to the 2nd class of the

ttrmge8 ana Tariff— duty, 0.01 dol. per kilog., to which has

AutomoDuee. ^ y^ ^^^^ ^j^^ ^^^^ ^f ^q p^^. ^^^^ jf ^j^^

above-mentioned articles are imported by Departmental and
Municipal Authorities they are to be exempt from duty,

Carriages of aU kinds and automobiles are also assigned to the
2nd class of the Tariff, but are exempted from the surtax of 70


The Board of Trade are in receipt, through the Foreign Office, of
_ . . ^ information to the effect that the Salvadorian
to^^^SJSr Government, by Decree of 18th -June last,

^^ p " ^^ imposed an import duty on Roman or Portland
Aomaii Cemen cement at the rate of 50 centavos per 100
kAH'ft T^THifir kilogrammes, and also a surtax on all other
^th^Qo^ imported goods (except all kinds of cereals and
on otner ttoooB. g^^^, ^^^ duty-free goods) at the rate of 2 pesos

40 centavos per 100 kilogrammes.



The British Vice- Consul at Kertch (Mr. R. 0. Michell) reports
-. , . ^ - that the channel through the Straits of Kertch
j,^^?P^-? , Jf is being dredged to a uniform depth of 24 feet.
Btrait8orji.ertcii. rpj^^ ^^^j^ j^ ^^^^^ complete, but at present

only those ships drawing no more than 20 feet are allowed to pass
down. Those drawing more than 20 feet are obliged to lighten.
Pilotage up and down the channel is compulsofy at a cost of
7 copeks (135. 4d.) per last' (2 tons net) each way. Pilotage into
or out of the harbour only is 3 copeks per last each way. A fine is
imposed on any ship neglecting to take a pilot.


H.M. Consul at Cherbourg (Mr. M. E. Loftus) has forwarded the
- . , following information, which he has received

Cw^ercial ^^^^ ^^ g^.^j^j^ Vice-Consul at Brest (Mr. S.

t ^Mt ^* Dickson), regarding the depth of water in

the commercial harbour at Brest and the dues
levied on vessels entering that port : —

" The commercial harbour at Brest has a depth of 46 ft. at high
tide and 23 ft. at low tide. There are five docks in the harbour.
In the fifth dock, which is that principally used by foreign

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132 THE BOABD OF TRADE JOUBNAL. [Oct 17, 1907.

Shipping cmd Transport.

merchant ships, the depth along the side of the quay must, owing
to silting^ be reckoned at 36 ft. at high tide and 13 ft. at low tide.
In the second dock, 31 ft. at high tide and 8 feet at low tide. The
first and third docks are dry at low tide. The fourth dock is used
for careening. In this dock the water rises at high tide to a depth
of about 17ft.

** There are three hand cranes placed in this harbour by the
Chamber of Commerce for public use, of 20,000, 5,000 and
3,000 kilogrammes respectively. There are, besides, two floating
steam cranes belonging to a person who undertakes the loading
and discharging of cargo, and four running steam cranes belonging
to private firms for their own use.

•* Sanitary and quay dues are the same as in other French ports.
Besides these, the following tolls are payable : — (1) Vessels navi-
gating between Brest and foreign or colonial ports, but not
engaged in a regular service, pay 50 centimes per register ton.
(2) Vessels, navigating as above, t.^., not engaged in a r^ular
service, but between Brest and French ports, pay 25 centimes per
register ton. (3) Vessels belonging to a regular line of steamers
navigating between French ports and calling at Brest pay
15 centimes per register ton. (4) For Ist and 2nd class, 1 franc
per passenger. (5) For 3rd class, 50 centimes per passenger. All
vessels under 25-ton register and those not effecting any commercial
transaction, such as vessels in the service of the State, pilot,
pleasure, fishing vessels, &c., and vessels seeking refuge, are
exempt from tolls 1, 2 and 3. Passengers travelling on behalf of
the Government and at Government expense are exempt from
tolls 4 and 5.

<' The new dry dock, now under construction in the commercial
harbour, will be ready for use early in 1909."


With reference to the notices on p. 600 of the ** Board of Trade
ir.«i^«« iir/v«.v« Journal " of the 26th September, pp. 257-8 of
t ^ bft. * ^® ^^^ August and p. 249 of the 8th November
^ last, relating inter cUia to projected harbour

works at Kobe, the Commercial Attach6 to H.M. Embassy at
Tokio (Mr. E. F. Crowe) reports that on the 16th September
the Japanese Minister of Finance laid the foundation stone of the
new works for connecting land and sea communications at Kobe.
These works had been under consideration some time, but it was
not till 1905 that the Diet approved of them. The work is to be
divided into two periods. The first will cover seven years and the
cost will be about 17,000,000 yen, of which the Kobe rate{)ayer8
will contribute some 4,000,000 yen. Kobe has for many years
been the chief Japanese port for imports and owing to its favour-
able central position it is hoped that with its new harbour works
it will attain a commanding position in the oversea commerce of
Eastern Asia. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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H.M. Consul at Christiania (Mr. F. B. Drummond-Hay) reports
g, that the Sydvaraager Iron Company, Limited,

Im ^^ma^ whose mining claims have a length of 15 kilo-
L* 'tS^ metres from Kirkenas in South Varanger
through the peninsula along the Langfjord
and the lakes erf Bj5mevand and Druevand, have recently con-
tracted a loan of 12,000,000 kroner at the Norddeatsche Bank,
Hamburg and the Discontobank, Berlin. The company propose,
moreover, to increase their capital from five to ten million kroner.
A railway is in course of construction to the port of Kirkenas,
where quays are to be built, equipped with the latest improve-
ments, so that the ore may be loaded into the ships' holds direct
from the railway trucks. As the port of Kirkenas is ice-locked
during the winter months, the company have acquired a powerful
ice-breaker and tug combined. The ore to be exported will be
treated by the Gustaf Grdnsberg's process. It now contains 37 per
cent of iron, but by this process it will be made into briquettes
assaying 66 to 68 per cent. Arrangements are being made for a
production of from six to nine hundred thousand tons annually and
shipments are expected to begin in 1910. The shipments will
IH\)bably take place chiefly in Norwegian vessels. The dues to be
paid to the State are three 5re* per ton of ore, with a minimum of
10,000 kroner per year.


H Jf. Minister at Copenhagen has forwarded a translation of an

article published in the " Dannebrog " of 25th

Copper ICining. September, from which it appears that a Danish

Syndicate was to take over on the Ist October

the concession granted in 1904 to Herr Bemburg for a mining

enterprise in Greenland. Only one copper mine has as yet been

worked, but it is expected that a new one will shortly be opened.

The copper is reported to be satisfactory as regards both quantity

and quality, and the mine gallery is of considerable extent.


The British Commercial Agent in the United States (Mr. E.

ftniM^f « ^ Seymour Bell) reports that the New York

<^heMtt S^l " Tribune" calls attention to the fact that open-

^^"tS^SI/^ hearth steel is rapidly taking the place of

lor^esaemer Bessemer steel in the United States. It is

^^^ stated that 60,000,000 dols. (12,000,000i.)

must be spent by the United States Steel Corporation and other

steel concerns in changing their Bessemer plants to open-hearth.

100 ore = l kione = l«. l^d.

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134 TBB BOASD OF TftADB JOUBNAL. [Oct. 17, 1907.

Minerals, ilHali, and MaeUnery.

The Bessemer departments of the Duquesne, Edgar Thomson and
Homestead Works of the United States Steel Corporation have
recently been closed, and it is not expected that they will be re-
opened. In their place the Steel Corporation expects in a short
time to have in operation extensive open-hearth furnaces. The
reason given for these extensive changes is that the Bessemer ores
of the Lake Superior region have fallen off so much in quality that
they are not considered so suitable for conversion into steel by the
Bessemer process as by that of the open-hearth.


The " Engineering and Mining Journal " (Nevsr York) quotes from
the ** Philippine Journal of Science " the follow-
Masganese Ore. ing particulars regarding manganese ores in the
Philippines: — While there is no demand for
manganese ores within the islands, it is hoped that the deposits^
of vsrhich three are known, can compete with outside producers.
Very little is known of the extent and quality of the
deposit that was found when cutting the road from Capas
to Iba. Information relating to the second deposit, in the
island of Masbate, is very meagre, but on the whole this
district appears promising. The most important and best known
deposit is in the eruptive conglomerate region of Nagpartion
in the province of Ilocos Norte. In the Nagpartion hills the con-
centration is greatest, but transportation difficulties will probably
prevent much development in that region. Actual working is now
being carried out between Punta Negra and Punta Blanca, but
recent development has made it seem probable that the thickness

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