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Bavarian-Austrian frontier district.

(3) Tin-plate waste (Tariff No. 843) to be untinned and re-

(4) Home-made gramophone plates of wax, stearine or similar
moulding materials (Tariff No. 264) exported in order to receive
records of playing and singing.


The Board of Trade are in receipt, through the Foreign Office, of
Pr liiMti f telegraphic information to the effect that the

- «*. # ^ f export of barley from any part of the Turkish

Export of Barley. Empire has been prohibited.


The Board of Trade are in receipt, through the Foreign Office, of

Exnortatimi f information to the effect that the exportation

■^^^^ ^ of hoi-ses from Crete is now permitted, subject

®"^** to payment of a duty of 4 per cent, ad valorem.

All former regulations on this subject are repealed.


The Philippine " Official Gazette' for the 11th September contains

T rtati f ^ Law, enacted 14th August, prohibiting the

"a^kw ^^ ^ importation into the Islands, by private persons,

BiiKwoniu, ^£ silkworms, their eggs or cocoons, or the

^^^nbitfl^"' Mftoths which produce silkworm eggs.

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Tariff Changes and Customs Regidaiions.


The Board of Trade are in receipt, throagh the Foreign Office, of a
translation of a Circular which has been issued
by the Mexican Government to its Consuls
abroad, instructing them to adhere strictly to
the provisions of the Customs regulations which
require that the value of each parcel of goods
Bepublic shall be separately declared in the
In declaring the value of goods for the purpose
of Consular certification, it is not permissible to group together
several separate parcels and declare an aggregate value therefor.


Value of Ooddf

in Coniolar


exported to the
Consular Invoice.


The Board of Trade are in receipt, through the Foreign Office, of
CiutomB Duties

not to be levied

on Lost


information to the effect that the following

Circular was published in the Cuban '' Gaceta

Oficial" for 19th October:—

Customs duties shall be collected only on

merchandise actually imported into and dis-
charged in Cuba, and not on merchandise lost on the voyage or off
lighters, even though such merchandise appear on the manifest or
bill of lading. All Circulars opposed to this ruling are withdrawn.
The following decisions respecting the application of the Cuban
Customs Tariff are published in the same issue of the " Gaceta " : —


Tariff No.

under which


Bate of Duty.

Spanish sardines, dried and pressed

Sardines in any other fonn

Earthenware jags, common, called '' porrone^,'*
^alearrazar' and "" cantarot,'' used as kitchen



Dols. cts.
Per 100 hilogi.

1 ao

2 60
1 04

^ of a Decree
I Estado" to
*ials required
n of bridges.


The ** Diario Official " of 4th October coni
«h^ T««n^«««« authorising the *' Ferrc
"^SSr^r Import, free of dut^ce
:^SSnr ^° connexion with the
Xaterii^ public buildings, &c.

.ains a cop;
>carriles de
rtain matei



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Tariff Changes and Customs Regulations.


The Board of Trade are in receipt, through the Foreign Office, df
' ^ ^ a copy and translation of an Argentine Law,

SJto 5iiW ^**®^ ^^^ September last, exempting from
Xate^s fo7the ^"^^^ duty, during a period of ten years,

irin' d machmery, tools and materials necessary for

MAtalln *^ *^^ installation and working of mining and

Ind strP metallurgical establishments which may be

^ ^' erected or which actually exist in the Bepnblio,

including machinery, tools and materials for well-boring.

In order to obtain the exemption in question, the interested
parties must make a written application to the Customs House
through which it is desired to effect the importation ; and charges
involved in the verification of the materials will be for account of
the applicant.



H.M. Consul at Christiania (Mr. P. E. Drummond-Hay) reports

W 8 1.4 *^** ^* ^^ intended next spring to start a new

X a *i!* A is* 1^"^ of Norwegian steamers from Scandinavian

d A ^SiT P^^ ^ ^^^*^ ^^^^ ^^^ Australia. These
ana Australia. ^^ ^ ^^^ ^^ connexion with the Swedish and

Danish lines, which already have three steamers in this service.


H.M. Consul at Christiania (Mr. F. E. Drummond-Hay) reports
w fu T • ^'^^ ^ °®^ ^^^® ^f steamers under the Danish

Jrewss-Lme g^^ ^^ ^^^ started from Copenhagen to
between Philadelphia, calling at Christiania. There aro

Copeuiias^en, two boats running in this service^ having #
^'^fTJ^. dead weight capacity of 6,500 and 7,000 tons

PhiladelpHia. respectively. The boate are to call at Chris-
tiania every month.

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No?. 28, 1907.] THE BOABD OF TRADE J0T7BNAL. 416

Shipping and Transport.


H.M. Oonsul-General at Havre (Mr. H. L. Churchill) reports that the

-_ a- Oft • French lines of the Messageries Maritimes and

^^toth ^^^^* ^*^*^8®^'^ R^unis have combined in order to

_ «, ®, send one steamer each, alternately, every 46

Far fast. ^^^ ^ ^j^^ ^^^ jj^^ rpj^^ g^^ ^^^^ ^ ^^^^

on this run will be the steamer " Malte," of the Chargeurs R6unis
Company, in December. These vessels will take freight and pas-
sengers for the following places: — Singapore, Hong Kong, Tientsin,
PeUn, Kobe, Yokohama, San Francisco, Seattle^ Tacoma and


H.M. Consul-General at Lourenpo Marques (Major J. G. Baldwin)
jtA'\ iiAt reports that the Governor-General has authorised

jw^iy Mtween ^^^ construction of a railway from the Port of
d Inll*^^ Inhambane to the Military post of Inharrime,

an innamme. \yQ^\^ ^f which are in the District of Inhambane.
The railway is to be of the standard South African gau^e, and will
have a length of about 60 miles. The portion of the country
which the railway will serve is said to be very rich in oil nuts and
various kinds of rubber. The average annual amount of the
former exported during the last 10 years is 1,667 tons, and of the
latter 32 tons, and the Governor of Inhambane expects that the
existence of the railway will increase the output of oil nuts by at
least 10,000 tons.

The Consul-General adds that a British syndicate applied for a
concession to construct the line on the mono-rail system, but the
Government have determined to keep the construction in their
own hands, and to make use of material they already possess.


H.M. Commercial Attache at Yokohama (Mr. E. F. Crowe)

-^^. - reports that an Imperial Ordinance appeared in

H^^^^to ^^^ Japanese Official Gazette of 28th October

•B ^^%^A announcing the opening of the Port of Nagoya

JToreign Trade. ^^ foreign trade on the 10th November. oSis

port, remarks Mr. Crowe, has lately become quite an important

industrial centre, but hitherto most of its imports and exports

have had to find their way by rail to and from Kobe. It is

expected that the opening of the harbour will have the effect of

diverting much of the trade of Yokkaichi, which has developed

rapidly of recent years, to Nagoya. The principal industries of

Nagoya are cotton spinning and weaving, the making of clotiis

(lor the Chinese market) and pottery and cloisonn6 (for tiie

American and European markets).

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[Nov. 28, 1907.


The " Cape of Good Hope Gtoveniment Gazette " of Ist November

BAnlationi for the ^^**^"^ *^® *®^ ^^ ^^^ regulations for the

T4k 11 « ;i installation and use of electricity in mines.

^'^^"Ji The -Gazette" may be seen at the Com-

use or Electricity ^j^^cial Intelligence Branch of the Board of

in Mines. r^^^^ ^3^ Basinghall Street, E.C.


The following statement, showing the weight of tin and tin ore

(tin exported in the form of ore having been

Tin Exports. taken at 70 per cent, of the gross weight of

the ore) exported from the Federated Malay

States during the nine months January to September, 1906 and

1907, is taken from the " Selangor Government Gazette " : —

Nine months ended
September, 1906.

Nine months ended
September, 1907.





in the fonn

of Ore.





in the form

of Ore.




Negri Sembilan






































CompetitioiL of

Native with

British Coal at


NOTi.— 1 Piknl = 133i lb.


The Commercial Attache to H.M. Embassy at Madrid (Mr. S. P.
Cockerell) gives the following information
regarding competition with British coal at
Barcelona, supplied to him by a gentleman
interested in that trade : —

"The only serious competition on this
market is the Asturias coal. German coal has been imported
in small quantities, some 40,000 tons per annum, during the
last two years (1905-6), but quite half this quantity is delivered
direct to the electric light company, which is under German
management and apparently takes the Westphalian Syndicate
coal &om patriotic motives. The balance is sold to manufacturers,
but always at Is. to 28. under the price of good Cardiff coals,
and it is practically certain that the cost here is more than
that of British cous. Proof of the small importance of the
competit^n is that the Westphalian Syndicate, apparently

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Nov. 28, 1907.] THE BOAJLD OF TEADE JOUENAL. 417

Minerals, Metals, and Machinery.

owing to shortage in Germany, is 'supplying Cardiff coals in
completion of its contracts. The Quality of Cardiff coals they
supply is very poor — what woula be called a " third-rate
mixture " — so it is evident that their coal is of an inferior quality
to good Cardiff. There is no doubt that the British export tax
was a great assistance to the German Syndicate, as it gave them
an advantage of U. per ton, and it is now doubtful whether they
will care to export to Spain at all.

" A very important competition is that of electric and water
power. Not only are the rivers Llobregat, in the province of
Barcelona, and the Ter and Flesser, in the Province of Gerona, now
utilised to give a very large horse-power to the many factories on
their banks, but the German electric light company are now putting
up a 50,000 horse-power plant in Barcelona, and have the intention
of putting up several other power stations in other neighbouring
centres. This undoubtedly will affect the coal trade considerably.

"A very considerable increase has taken place lately in the
consumption of anthracite coal. With the introduction of the
producer gas engine the importation of anthracite has augmented
during the last 10 years from a few hundred tons to some 10,000
tons per annum. The cost of power from producer gas is reported
to be some 25 per cent, cheaper than from steam coal. The total
amount of anthracite imported comes from the Swansea district of
South Wales. Some Spanish anthracite is produced, but its con-
sumption is of small importance."


H.M. Embassy at Rome reports that the coal deposits in the

n 1 iw^ u Magra Valley (see " Board of Trade Journal *'

in^ of 24th October, p. 176), which are about to be

•M" Vail worked by the *' Society Anonima Carbonifera

^^f^ V* Lunense," are situated at Piampaganello, Cani-

parola and Castelnuovo Magra, in the Communes of Sarzana and

Castelnuovo Magra. Two shafts are at present being sunk, from

each of which it is expected to obtain an annual output of 50,000

tons, and the Company contemplate sinking two other shafts so as

to bring the annual production up to 200,000 tons. The quality of

this lignite is afBrmed to be vastly superior to any of the so-called

coals hitherto discovered in Italy, and the latest tests to which it

has been subjected, according to the Thomson method, are stated

to have shown it to possess a heating power of 6485 calories

with 2-4 per cent, of cinders.

The Company have secured the perpetual concession of the
Piampaganello, Caniparola and Castelnuovo Magra mines, with
deposits extending over an area of 10 kilometres, containing
seams estimated to produce several million tons, and they are
stated to be considering the possibility of utilizing the '* schists "
and " detritus " for the manufacture of some by-product, or other-
wise turning to profitable account the power obtainable therefrom.


Minerals, Mdals, and Machinery.


With referonce to the notice on p. 364 of the Board of Trade
Snlnhnr Journal for 21st November, and preyious

T«iin.f^ notices, relative to the Sicilian suljAur in-

inanstry. ^^^^^ ^^ ^^^^^ ^^ Palermo (Mr. 8. J. A.

Churchill, M.V.O.) now reports that through the Ex-Minister for
Finance, Signer Luzatti, fresh negotiations with the Union Sulphur
Company have been initiated in order to arrive at an understanding
by means of which competition between United States and Sicilian
sulphur will be avoided. Mr. Churchill adds that the Director-
General of the Sicilian Consorzio has proceeded to Rome for the
purposes of these negotiations.


The Acting British Consul at Savannah (Mr. A. Harkness) reports
Peat Deuoaits ^^^ ^^^ many years but little attention has

in GteoiX and ^"^ S^^^"";, t *^l ''''^^^ ^^ P"* ^^^^'H ^
Ilorida. Georgia and Florida, owmg perhaps to the fact

that coal and wood have not yet reached a point

where their use as fuels makes them less economical than peat.

Public interest, however, has lately been drawn to this matter by a

report of the United States Geological Survey, from which it

appears that in Southern G^rgia and Florida there are great peat

bogs in which are stored almost incalculable quantities of this fuel.

Similar bogs are also said to exist in nearly every State of the

American Union and particularly in those that border on the sea.

At the present time the only peat bog beins worked in Florida is

a large deposit situated near Orlando, but the operations in this

case are carried on in rather a crude manner.

According to statistics compiled by the United States G^eological

rv«i r^Vi, a^^A Survey, the total production of coal in tie

fl-it!rl^ ' United States during 1906 amounted to

vJtluJ^ 869,788,284 tons (of 2,240 lbs.), of which

^^Mil 306,188,274 tons were bituminous and lignite,

KOttucuon. ^^j 68,645,010 tons were Pennsylvania

anthracite, other anthracite being classed as bituminous. Of the

bituminous production 46,156,301 net tons (of 2.000 lbs.) were

converted into coke.

The total production of coke from the beehive and by-product
ovens of the United States in 1906 surpassed all previous records,
amounting to 36,401,217 tons as compared with 32,281,129 tons
in the previous year. The value of the total coke product increased
in even greater proportion, rising from 72,476,196 dols. in 1905
to 91,608,084 dols. in 1906.
The value of the gold production of the United States in 1906

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Minerals, Metals, and Machinery.

was Q^^Sra^SOO dols. against 88,180,700 dols. in 1905. The
principal increase was in Alaska.

The total production of silver is given as 56,517,900 fine ounces
of tiie commercial value of 38,256,400 dols., as against 56,101,600
fine ounces valued at 34,221,976 dols. in 1905.

The output of petroleum during 1906 amounted to 126,493,936
barrels, having a total value of 92,444,735 dols. California, which
furnished nearly one-fourth of this total, holds first place as regards
quantity supplied, Kansas and Indian Territory with Oklahama
(jointly) coming next.


The Acting British Consul-General at Yokohama has forwarded

^^^ . a report on the subject of Government inspeo-

eovermnqn ^^^ ^£ boilers in Japan, which may be consulted

in^^non o y^^ British traders interested, at the Commercial

«o"«^ Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade,

73, Basinprhall Street, London, E.C.


The Board of Trade have received a copy of the monthly return

-^^^ g . . issued by the Indian Government, showing the

i;otwnBpmning quantity of cotton yam spun, and of cotton

**rj7^^^ woven goods produced, in each Province in

'^*^^^'^' British India, and in the Native States, during

the five months, April to August, of each of the years 1905, 1906^

and 1907.

The following is a summarised statement extracted from the
Itbove return, giving particulars for the five months, ended August,
1905, 1906, and 1907 :—

Fiye months ended August.




BftniBH IKDIA, Bebab, and Nativb

. Cotton yam spun

Grey and bleached piece f
goods t

Coloured piece goods ... |

Grey and coloured goods f
(other than piece goods) f


Miscellaneoos goods









I Lbs.


( 10,206,730*
\ 41,664,840

/ 686,069






* The quantities of ** coloured piece goods ** and of " grey and coloured goods
(other than piece goods)" produced in the Native States,' not being separately
«tiited, the total amounts are included in the figures given for ** coloured piece

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420 THE BOABX> OF I'RADE JOURNAL. [Not. 28, 1907.

Yams and Textiles.


The Commercial Attache to H.M. Embassy at Madrid (Mr. S. P.

T rt Tradfi Oockerell) reports, in regard to Spanish trade

import Tratt ^ woollen tissues, that &e decline of importa-
w n "rw tio*^ i° 1905 (as compared with 1904) may be

WooUenXiMnes. connected with the action of the woollen
weavers in Barcelona and Alcoy, who, after suffering for some
years under the effects of over-production in heavy woollens for
men, had recourse in 1905 to the manufacture of lighter cloths.

The woollen tissues imported from France consist of black cash«
mere and merino and shawls, plain and with stitched edge (nuns'
veils), embroidered shawls, ladies* dress goods of demise nouveauiS
&om Bheims and Uoubaiz, and shawls from Paris. The
embroidered shawls are the regular form of cloak of Spanish
women, and are an imitation of the silk mantanes de Manila.

In questions of demidre nouvea/uii, Mr. Cockerell remarks, the
French cannot be touched in a country with tastes similar to those
of the French. Grermany shares in the importation of ladies'
light woollens of more general use, while the British share is from
Bradford in figured goods. It must be remembered that classed
among tiiese woollens are articles of wool and cotton in which the
woollen threads only form part of the weft or the warp, or of both,
or in which they constitute the whole of the weft or the warp, and,
moreover, are found in the other part of the tissue, whatever be the
propoition in which the wool enters into the mixture.

Double cashmere and merino for priests' clothes comes from
Germany (from Gera and Greiz) ; coloured woollen shawls with
silk fringe, and kerchiefs of wool and printed kerchiefs are im-
ported from Sch5nhaide and L5rrach (Baden).

The Austro-Hungarian importation consists mainly of printed

The importation of woollens weighing more than 200 grammes is
mainly British. The business is done by London dealers in cut
lengths, the market being too small and recherchi to allow of the
sale of any large quantity of one pattern. The duty on cloth
weighing more than 250 grammes has now been somewhat reduced,
and this, combined with the fall in exchange and the increasing
fashion for British goods, should make it possible to do more than
has been done heretofore.

The question of duties has to be looked at from two directions :
not only do the duties represent an increase in the actual price of
the goods, amounting sometimes to 100 per cent, or more, but if
the goods are sold, as is generally the case, at the factory or c.Lf.
Spanish frontier, they also entail the payment by the Spanish mer-
chant of this 100 per cent, within 30 days of the despatch of the
goods in the Customs. For the goods themselves the customer
may be getting 90 days' credit, but no such credit can be obtained
either from the Customs or from the forwarding agent, which
means that the money expended in duties must be locked np for
many months and interest on it be added to the price of the goods.

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Tarns and Teaiiles.


The Board of Trade have received^ through the Foreira Office, a

SABorl on Rfl. comprehensive report on the raw silk industay

^^^dntter^ of Japan, by Mr. Paton, Student Interpreter

sue inanrary. Jn h.M. Embassy at Tokio. Itmay be consulted

by British traders interested, at the Commercial Intelligence Branch

of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall Street, London, E.G.



The prices of British com per quarter of 8 bushels, as received
from the inspectors and officers of Excise in
Cora Pricet • the week ended the 23rd November, 1907, were
as follows : —
Whei^t ••• ••• ••• ••• 34a. 7<Z«

Barley ... ... ... ••• 27«« bd.

Oats 18«. 9d.

For further particulars see p. 427.

A statement is published on p. 428, showing the quantities of

I norta f Aflri- ^® various descriptions of a^cultural produce

i?^! i*-^*'^" imported into the United Kingdom during the

enltam produce, ^^j^ ^^^^ ^^ 23rd November, 1907, as well

as of the imports during the corresponding week of 1906.


With reference to the notice on p. 395 of the •* Board of Trade
I -nectl f Journal " for 21st February last, respecting
JuaspoOTiwio Government inspection of fruit for export
nmit for Export. ^^^ ^^^^ Colony, the "Cape of Good Hope
Government Gazette " of 5th November notifies that the scheme
of inspection which was initiated last season will be continued this
season under conditions set forth in the " Gazette," which may be
seen at the Commercial Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade,
73, Basinghall Street, E.C.


The following particulars, relating to certain agricultural industries
. . Ifn 1 ^^ Natal, are extracted from the report presented
?^_., i at the annual meeting of the Pietermaritzburg

inauftnes. chamber of Commerce on the 29th October

last : —

Bark. — This industry has grown by leaps and bounds, and within

the next five years the output of bark should be trebled, as many

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new enterprises will during that period reach the prodacing stage.
Last year the export reached nearly 15,000 tons, as against 13,500
in 1905. Many important companies have started wattle growing
within the past few years and others are in course of formation.

It appears that the price of bark has declined during the past
year from causes that are obscure, although in certain quarters it is
believed that the confidence of buyers has been shaken by the expor-
tation of weathered bark, and probably blue wattle, the latter being
low in tannic properties. To combat this a Union has been formed
to provide for a " mark " which will be a guide to buyers.

The bark expoi:ted during the eight months ended 31st August,
1906, amounted to 26,278,528 lb., valued at 7l,689Z., while during
the same period in 1907 the amount exported increased to
42,017,057 lb., valued at 108,592Z.

Fodder. — For a good many years the effects of rust in destroying
the oat hay crops .paralysed the fodder industry, but with the dis-
covery of the suitability of certain districts for the growing of
lucerne, a new and valuable industry has sprung up. Last year
nearly 16,000Z. worth of lucerne and oat hay (chiefly the latter)
was exported, and about 4,000Z. worth of hay. The fodder industry

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