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^ week's " Board of Trade Journal " reporting

I!^^!^^^x. the prohibition of the exportation of barley

aseoti^ e ^^^^ lurkey, the Board of Trade are now in

^JJ2S^ f ^*^^P*' through the Foreign Office, of tele-

fll^^^^ ^ graphic information from H.M. Minister at

Constantinople, to the effect that the prohibition

does not extend to special contracts already made. Such contracts

will, however, be subject to enquiry.

llie exemption of foreign corn from duty has been extended to
com imported into the Vilayets of Trebizond and Adrianople up to
the end of January next (old style).



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468



THE BOABD OF TRADE JOUSNAL.



[Dec. 5, 1907.



Tariff Changes and CvMoms ReguLaHont,



TRIPOLI.

The Board of Trade are in receipt, through the Foreign OflSce, of
iw^vv:4^ # information from H.M. Consul at jBenghazi to
FrrtuDittonor ^^^ ^g.^^ ^^^^ by Imperial Inid6, dated )4Ui
Export of Cereau. November, the export of cereals from the
Benghazi district is prohibited pending further notice, with the
exception, for the period of a fortnight, of such grain as may be
already lying in store awaiting shipment.



Free Entry of
Domestic
Products

Exported and
Returned.



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

The United States Treasury Department have recently issued a
Circular laying down certain regulations under
which the following articles may be re-imported
into the United States of America, free of duty : —
Articles the growth, produce, and manu&o-
ture of the United States, when returned after
having been exported witiiout being advanced
in value or improved in condition by any process of manufiicture
or other means ; casks, barrels, carboys, bags, and other vessels of
American manufacture exported filled with American products, or
exported empty and returned filled with foreign products, includ-
ing shocks and staves when returned as barrels or boxes ; also
quicksilver flasks or bottles, of either domestic or foreign mano-
facture, which shall have been actually exported from the United
States.

A copy of this Circular may be seen by persons interested at the
Commercial Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basing-
hall Street, E.C,

is the substance of some Decisions affecting the
application of the United States CustomsT&riff,
which have recently been issued by the Treasury
Department at Washington : —



The



following

Customs
Decisions.



Articles.



Paragiaph
of the TariiE
under which

dutiable.



Bate of Daty.



Edginga.-^O) Narrow woveu fabrics with inter-
woren patterns or effects along the edge thereof
(edgings), and (2) narrow woven fabrics
coloured and ornamented with raised effects,
arc dutiable as trimmings :

If of cotton

IfofsUk

Pioot or loop thread, — So-called " picat '* or loop
thread, consisting of several cotton threads
tightly twisted or woren with small loops in it
at intervals of about one-eighth of an inch, not
dutiable as a cotton braid nor as a thread, but
as a manufacture of cotton

Vanadium ore classified as a crude mineral sub-
stanee in which metals are not present in
metallic form



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Dec. 5, 1907.] THE BOABB OF T&ABE JOUENAL. 469

Tariff Changes and Customs ReguIaHons.
• — - — / * - *

UNITED STATES OF AMBRIC A- continued.

SiUc Wearing Appa/rel containing Rubber — Elastic Belts with
Metal Ornamentation. — Paragraph 390 of the Tariff prescribes a
duty of 60 per cent, ad valorem for wearing apparel of silk or in
chief value of silk, and contains a proviso requiring that the
'* articles provided for in this paragraph . . . when composed
in part of india rubber " shall be subject to the same duty. It is
now decided (1) that by virtue of this proviso the paragraph is not
limited to wearing apparel in chief value of silk, but, where india
rubber is an ingredient, includes all wearing apparel of which the
textile fabric therein is composed wholly or in chief value of silk,
and (2) that belts made from webbing of silk and india rubber
and having metal buckles and steel point ornamentation, silk
being the chief component in the webbing but metal the chief
component in the completed goods, are dutiable under this proviso
rather than under paragraph 193 as articles in part of metal. In
determining the classification of articles under para^aph 390 of
the Tariff, relating to wearing apparel of silk and india rubber, it
is held that only the composition of the textile fabric, which
determines the character of the articles as wearing apparel, should
be considered, and that metal portions, such as fancy buckles and
steel-point ornamentation, may, even though they constitute the
element of chief value, be disregarded as being merely incidental
or auxiliary parts which should not be allowed to control the
classification of the goods.

A Dedsion recently issued by the United States Department of

Certification and ^?j!?J''''!£'^.^°^'''*°^i°l! ^^^^T""

Cmiteol f Dvea ^ certification and control of the coal tar

^^ Ittftd 1 y^® permissible for use in colouring foods and

^^2^ 4«4ni foodstuffs, a list of which was given in Decision

rooflstuiw. jj^ 7g ^g^^ « Journal " for 5th September, p.

467). A copy of the Decision may be seen by persons interested
at toe Commercial Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade, 73,
Basinghall Street, E.G.



ARGENTINE REPUBLIC.

The Board of Trade are in receipt, through the Foreign OflSce, of a

Vtm Zo m t ^^Py *°^ translation of an Argentine Law>

LaSlAla d t ^**®^ ^*^ October, authorising ttie Executive

P rt ^*8anta*F* ^ establish a free zone in the port of La Plata*

oaii 6 rpjjjg measure was submitted to the Argentine

anthonaed. Congrew towards the end of last year, and its

chief provisions will be found noted at pp. 188-9 of the ** Board of

Trade Journal " for the 24th January last.



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470 THE BOARD OF TBADE JOURNAL. [Dec. 5, 1907.



Tariff Changes and Customs RegtdcUions.



ARGENTINE RRPUBIulC-^^ontinued.

The present Law also authorises the establishment, at such time
as the Executive shall deem fit, of a similar zone at a port in the
Province of Santa Fe. H.M. Minister at Buenos Ayres, in for-
warding a copy of the Law, states that it is generally thought that
Rosario will be the port chosen for the establishment of this second
free zone.

With reference to the notice which appeared at p. 257 of the " Board

fr T rtA- ^^ Trade Journal " for the 7th November

puty-nrw irqj)rt^ ^^ ^j^^ subject of the new Argentine Law

tion oimate 8 or ,^]j^|.j^g ^ railway concessions, it should be

^^ W^f noted that by Article VIH. of this Law the

ornng materials and articles imported into the

Aauways. Republic, to be used in the construction and

working of railways for which concessions are hereafter granted,

are to be free of all customs duties, this exemption remaining in

force until Ist January, 1947.



NICARAGUA.

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

-^^ -J ^ Trade Journal " for 9th May last i*eporting, on

« V a^ 1^ ^^ authority of a statement by the United

«S — A "' States Consul at Bluefields, the increase of the

n fi Nicaraguan import duties on butter, pork

correction. shoulders, salt meat and laundry soap, and also

to the notice in the following issue of the " Journal " announcing

the receipt of a telegram from H.M. Minister at Guatemala

(Mr, Garden) denying the reported increase of duties, the Board

of Trade are now informed by the Foreign OflSce that, owing to

an unfortunate error in the transmission of the enquiry with

regard to these duties which was addressed to Mr. Garden, he was

misled into supposing that the report related to Guatemalan (and

not Nicaraguan) duties ; and it was to the Guatemalan duties,

therefore, that his denial had reference. In these circumstances,

the notice on the subject in the ** Journal *' for the 16th May

should be regarded as withdrawn.



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Dec. 5, 1907.] THE BOABD OF TBADE JOURXAL. 471



SHIPPING AND TRANSPORT.

STRAITS SETTLEMENTS.

The Registrar of Imports and Exports at Singapore (Mr. A. Stuart)
P - ^. M calls attention to the notice in the " Straits
^htSoi Settlements Government Gazette" of Ist
^^ ' November announcing the reduction by prac-

tically one-half of the tolls payable by vessels for the use of
Straits Lights, to take effect from Ist January, J908* A vessel
passing all the lights will now be charged 12^ cents {Sid.) for
every 7 tons if paid in the Colony, and J anna (id,) per
ton if paid at an Indian port, and if one or more but not
all the lights are passed the charges will be one-half the above.
No vessel shall be called on to pay, in any one month, more than
37i cents (10^^.) for every 7 tons if paid in the Colony, and li
annas (lid,) per ton if paid at an Indian port : sailing vessels
under 200 tons plying within certain local limits are exempted
from the payment of dues.

RUSSIA.

H.M. Minister at St. Petersburg reports, on the authority of the
** Official Messenger," that the Ministry of
Siberian Bailway. Ways of Communication has placed 9,000,000
roubles (947,368Z.) as extraoniinary expendi-
ture on the estimates for work in connexion with the laying of a
second line on the Siberian Bailway, and has also placed
12,000,000 roubles (1,263,158Z.), on the estimates for the re-con-
struction of that part of the line which passes through mountainous
districts.



NORWAY.

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

-_ « -r. that the Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab

ft. T?' J?' intend starting a new line of steamers from

^^ 1x4 ^S^°^ Trondhjem to Baltic ports, calling at ports in

to Baiuc wrts. ^j^^ Romsdal district, and at Bergen, Hange-

sund, Stavanger, and Christiansand. This line will run fortnightly

boats to Dantzig, KOnigsberg, Riga, and St. Petersburg.

GERMANY-RUSSIA.

With reference to the notice on p. 472 of the ** Board of Trade
twn. 1. ri ^ Journal" for 6th December, 1906, and previous
'SSl "°*^«««' '^specting the opening of through com-

^* munication between Uussian and German rail-

way systems, H.M. Councillor of Embassy at Darmstadt reports,
on the authority of a local journal, that in virtue of an agreement
arrived at between the Russian and Prussian-Hessian Railway
Administrations the transport of goods, without unloading,
between Germany and Russia and vice versd began on the 1st



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472 THE BOABD OF TEADE JOURNAL. [Dec. 5, 1907.



Shipping afid Transport,



November. This was hitherto impossible owing to the difference
in the gauge in the two Empires. This traffic is effected over the
frontier stations of Grajeivo, Mlawa, and Sosnaace by the use of
railway wagons constructed on the Brindsprecher system, which
differ from other railway wagons in that the axles and wheels are
i-emoved at the frontier and replaced by others which fit the gauge.
It is thus possible, adds H.M. Councillor, to send goods between
Germany and Russia and vice versd without breaking bulk.

GERMANY-SWEDEN.

Referring to the notice on p. 158 of the " Board of Trade Journal"
- - . of 25th April last respecting proposed steam

rerry Connenott ^^^^^^ between Germany and Sweden, H.M.
p/^ ^ , Embassy at Berlin reports that an Agreement
^^ fld *^ was signed at Berlin on the 15th November by

bweaen. ^^^ Prussian Authorities and a special deputa-

tion from Sweden for the establishment of a ferry connexion.
The ferry is to run between Sassnitz and Trelleborg, and it is
hoped that it may be oi^n to traffic by the summer of 1909.
There will be two Prussian and two Swedish ferry boats, all
constructed on the same plan so as to convey railway carriages
and sleeping cars : they are to have a speed of 16 knots an hour. It
is also proposed to entrust the postal service to these steam ferries.
A further understanding, adds H.M. Embassy, may be arrived at
with regard to improvements in time tables and to increased
facilities for Customs clearance.



NETHERLANDS.

With reference to the notice on p. 276 of the ** Board of Trade
Journal " for 8th August respecting projected
North Sea CanaL improvements to the North Sea Ship Canal,
H.M. Consul at Amsterdam (Mr. W. A.
Churchill) has now forwarded a report on the Canal, which may
be examined by those interested at the Commercial Intelligence
Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall Street, E.C. All the
improvements connected with the navigation of the canal are, says
Mr. Churchill, now ready.

FRANCE.

H.M. Consul at Lyons (Mr. E. E. E. Vicars) has forwarded an

TransDort of extract from " Le Salut Public " (Lyons) on the

Aericnltnral subject of the eflForts made by the Paris-Lyon et

P^odnc Mediterran6e Railway Company towards the

^' development of the trade in fruit and other

agricultural produce, both in France and in other countries. Hie

company have specially directed their attention towards the



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Dec. 5, 19()7.J THE BOARD OF TRADE JOURNAL. 473



Shipping and Transport,



packing of snch produce and have held competitions at various
times in order to encourage the invention of improved methods.

The extract from " Le Salut Public," with a translation, may be
seen at the Commercial Intelligence Branch ef the Board of Trade,
73, Basinghall Street, London, E.G.

TURKEY.

The Board of Trade have received, through the Foreign Office, a
p . Q • copy of a despatch from the Acting British
CarriAge Service Consul-General at Bagdad (Major J. Bamsay,

H iitu^^ A C.I.E.), reporting that a carriage service between
*^- *^ Bagdad and Aleppo was started on the 1st

eppo. September. The carriage that left Aleppo on

that day completed the journey in about eight and a-halt' days,
while the carriage in the opposite direction took one day longer.
At present the company are able to run only two carriages each
way every other day ; they hope to run three every other day before
long. On each day there is one first-class carriage and one second-
class. The price of a seat in the former is £T 4 and in the latter
£T2i. The first-class carriage is provided with springs and a
hood and is of the flat-bottomed type common in Syria ; the second-
class carriage has a hood but is less well provided with springs. In
addition to these the company have four landaus ; for the use of
these a charge of £T 20 is made for the journey.

The- road is worst between Hit and Ana, but a French engineer
has for some time been employed on improving it. Ordinarily the
Euphrates is crossed by the bridge of boats at Falluja, but when
the river is in flood the bridge is withdrawn, and the carriage then
has to be taken across in a boat.

At present the carriages run only during the day time. At the
halting places there are the usual khans, for the use of which no
charge is made ; but the company hope to improve the accommoda-
tion, and to make arrangements for the supply of cooked food.

The Company hope to obtain the mail contract after next spring.

JAPAN.

The Board of Trade are in receipt, through the Foreign Office, of a
L* t fTr t ^^^^ ^^ ^^® treaty ports, ports of call, and places
I> * tfl t^* ^ ^P®^^ ^ foreign trade in Japan. This list, which
' * has been prepared under the direction of H.M.

Ambassador at Tokio, may be seen by persons interested at the
Commercial Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basing-
hall Street, E.C.

H.M. Ambassador, in forwarding this list, states that Nagoya,
in the Province of Owari, was declared an open port on the
10th November (as noted in the *^ Board of Trade Journal'* of
28th November, p. 415) under the same conditions as the ports
declared open iJo foreign trade by Imperial Ordinance No. 342 of
1899.

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474



THE BOABD OF TBADE JOURNAL.



[Dec 5, 1907.



MINERALS, METALS AND MACHINERY.

TASMANIA.

Mr. E. A. Nowell, Clerk of the Executive and Legislative Council
of Tasmania, has forwarded the following parti-
Hineral Deposits, culars concerning mineral deposits in the Bam
Bluff district of Tasmania, which have been
supplied to the " Mercury " (Hobart) by one of the pioneers of the
Zeehan Farrell and Barn Bluff districts : —

It appears that there are in the neighbourhood of Barn Bluff
three immense ore bodies from 200 to 600 feet wide. In one a
low estimate gave 3,700,000 tons of highly payable ore containing
copper, gold, and silver. In another, the ore assayed up to 20 per
cent, copper, 17 oz. silver, and 4 dwt. gold. Another body, assaying
copper iri3 per cent, and silver llj oz., is over 400 feet wide, and is
described as an immense actinolite body. There is stated to be
abundance of water-power with a fall of 120 feet, and timber of
the best quality.



JAPAN.

following statistics relating to the mineral production of
Japan in 1906 have been taken from the
"Japan Financial and Economic Monthly."
For purposes of comparison the corresponding
figures for 1905, so far as available, have been added : —



The

Mineral Pro-
dnctioA in 1906





1905.


1906.




Quantity. Value.


Quantity.


Value.


GoU momme

Silver ,

Copper kin

Tin M

Antimony „

Quicksilver „

Iron kwan

Iron pyrites „

Manganese kin

Arsenic „

Phosphor kwan

Graphite kin

Coal tons

Peat „

Petroleum koku

Asphalt kin

Sulphur „

Zinc ore „


812,764

22,103,408

59,158 327

3,787,006

*

476,664

*

14,189,913
6,818,432

23,361,637

1 •

11,693,292

*

1,187,1.36



41,087,568


Yen.

4,063,820

3,293,408

23 663,331

321,896



91,784

»

2,639,117
75,003

81,766

1 •.

40,276,864

»

2,942,910

*

576,226

*


766,185

20,3.32,664

61,606,657

5,842,356

12,810

1,045,044

560

15,299,767

8,384,108

Kwan

14,490,606

8,750

810,000

295,462

13,266,972

72,820

1,510,950

453,000

45,981,833

14,677


Yen.

3.722,127

3,161,56?!

25,751,541

467,388

12,563

493,677

75(1

2,810,320

9i,225

72,453

639

13,770

29,546

66,409,968

129,230

4,738,355

4,983

666,787

293,640


Total value





78,109,797





97,861,868



* Not available.

N 0TB.— Momme = 2-41 dwts. ; Kin=l-32 lbs. (av.) ; Kwan ■
Koku — 89-70 galls. ; Yen = 2#. OJrf.



- 8-26 lbs. (av.);



ngwwa oy "



Dec. 5, 1907.1



THE BOABD OF TEADE JOUBNAL.



475



Minerals, Metals, and Machinery.



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

According to the annual report of the Geological Survey, the
_ Q production of iron ores in the United States in

Production.



,1906 amounted to 47,749,728 tons (of 2,240 lb.)
valued at 100,597,106 dols. As compared with
1905, the most productive previous year, this was an increase of
12-28 per cent, in quantity, and of 33*83 per cent, in value.



AGRICULTURE.

UNITED KINGDOM.

The prices of British com per quarter of 8 bUshels, as received
from the inspectors and officers of Excise
Com Prices. in the week ended the 30th November, 1907,
were as follows : —

Wheat Sis. Id.

Barley 27«. bd.

Oats 185. Id.

For further particulars see p. 482.

A statement is published on p. 483, showing the quantities of

T rta f A •- *^® various descriptions of agricultural produce

£?. 1 «• A^' imported into the United Kingdom during the

cultural Produce, ^^^j^ ^^^^^ ^j^^ 3q^j^ November, 1907, as well

as of the imports during the corresponding week of 1906.



CANADA.

The Board of Trade have received, through the Colonial Office, a
copy of a memorandum by the Provincijil
Department of Agriculture of Saskatchewan,
on the grain crop of that province for 1907,

which gives the following estimate of the season's crop: —



Grain Crops of
Saskatchewan.



1 1

Area. | Total yield.

1


Yield per acre.


Wheat

Oats

Barley

Flax


Acres.

1,847,708

772,770

60,261

85,209


Bushels.
28,042,106
29,167,964

1,903,072
921,043


Bushels.
15-17
37-74
80-08
10-81



The estimated grading of the wheat crop is as follows : — Nos. 1,
2 and 3 Northern, 10,392,657 bushels; Nos. 4 and 5, 7,941,594
bushels; No. 6 and feed, 9,707,855.



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Agricidture.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

The Board of Trade correspondent at Adelaide (Mr. J. Cresawell)
\Erh + TT nr 1 reports, under date of Slst October, that the
AvL^J!^ "^^^^ harvest is now estimated to return

and Fruit crops. 15 ooo,000 bushels against 21,000,000 bushels
last year. It is anticipated that the whole of the surplus supplies
will be absorbed in Australia. The hay crop will be light and
prices will run high. ChafE, which at the time of writing stood at
4L per ton, is expected to reach 51, or 6Z. per ton, 'unless rain
falls in Victoria and New South Wales. Wool is fetching good
prices, and sheep-farming generally is in a prosperous condition.
The fruit crop is expected to be a good one.

FIJI.

The report for 1906 on Fiji, recently issued by the Colonial Office,

C 1« f • f 8*^^8 that there is undoubtedly a good opening

- , , ^* ^dM'^ ^^^ ^^^ cultivation in that Colony of such minor

-^ , . ^ products as sisal hemp, ginger, limes, spices,

^ ** tobacco, &c. The cultivation of rubber has

hitherto hardly been attempted; successful eflforts are, however,

being made on at least two plantations to introduce this product.

The growth of the existing trees shows that conditions are

favourable to both the Para and Ceara species. Large areas of

land suitable for rubber cultivation can be obtained at reasonable

rates. {Colonial Reports — Annual, 548.)

ARGENTINE REPUBLIC

A telegram has been received at the Foreign Office from H.M.

Minister at Buenos Ayres reporting that the
Crop Prospects. recent alarmist telegrams concerning damage to

Argentine crops by locusts are unjustifiable.
The wheat and linseed crops are quite safe, and they are estimated
to be the heaviest on record, the harvesting having already
commenced in the Northern States districts. It is too soon, says
H.M. Minister, to give an authoritative opinion about the maize
crop, which is always more exposed to damage, but experienced
growers are confident of their ability to cope with the locusts,
which have appeared considerably later than usual this year.
Owing to recent rains the crop is at present most promising.



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MISCELLANEOUS.

UNITED KINGDOM.

The nnmber of bales of cotton imported into the United Kingdom

during the week ended the 28th November, 1907,

Cotton Statiftics. was 109,770 (including 153 bales British West

African) and the number imported during the

forty-eight weeks ended the 28th November was 4,150,442

(including 5,961 bales British West Indian and 10,485 bales

British West African). As regards exports, the figures are, for

the week ended the 28th November, 9,674 bales, and for the

forty-eight weeks, 457,037 bales.

For further details see p. 482.

NORWAY.

H.M. Legation at Christiania reports that the Bill amending the
T • Wfi Norwegian Law regarding the utilisation of

J«Swf f^ watercourses (see p. 281 of the *' Board of Trade
re^tmgtne joumar' for 8th August) has received the
UUluauon or ^^^^j ganction. H.M. Legation has also for-
waterconrsei. warded a copy of a Eoyal Resolution dated 12th
September, 1907, amplifying the above-mentioned Act, and decree-
ing that a Eoyal concession is not required for works by which the
water power available for industrial purposes is not increased by
more than three thousand horse-power in consequence of these
works.

H.M. Legation also reports that, at a Council of State held on the
A ^ ifi f ^*'^ November, it was decided that all questions
■D T^-Dif «>wJ^it«. regarding the acquisition by foreigners of real
Beal Froperty Dy property in Norway (see *' Board of Trade
Foreigners. Joumal " of 27th June last, p. 624, and previous

notices) shall in future be dealt with in the Department for
Commerce instead of in the Department for Justice. Applications
for permission to purchase forests shall, however, come before the
Department for Agriculture, and those concerning waterfalls before
the Department for Public Works.

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

. - that during last year the total number of

™J**^^'^ > commercial travellers' licences issued at

Traveuers Christiania was 961, as compared with 893

Idcences in 1906. f^^ jg^^ 32I licences issued at other towns

in Norway were presented to the Christiania police for visa as

against 318 in 1905. Out of the 961 licences issued at Christiania,



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