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Washington, March 4, 1884.

SIR: In part answer to your communication of January 26 last, I have the honor to transmit herewith copies of the tariff laws, import and export, of the countries hereinafter named, together with such comments upon their working as have been made by our consuls, especially in connection with the entry of American products and manufactures into the several countries. These papers embrace the following countries: Europe.-Sweden, Norway, Germany, Holland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Servia, and Russia.

Continent of America.-Dominion of Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Brazil, United States of Colombia, Argentine Republic, Chili, Peru, British Guiana, Hayti, Cuba, Porto Rico, and New Providence.

Continent of Asia.-British India and China.
Australasia.-Victoria and New Zealand.
Polynesia.-Hawaiian Islands.

Accompanying these papers will be found a table of contents showing the sequential order in which they are submitted.

Should your committee decide to publish these tariff laws, I would respectfully request that a certain number, say 300, be ordered for the use of this Department.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,



Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, Senate.
S. Doc. 231, pt 5-1


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1. Full text of law and schedule.

2. French-Portuguese treaty of commerce and navigation.

3. New French tariff on sugars.

4. Tariff on American flour.

Memorial of French millers.

5. American vs. French protective tariff.

6. Treaty of commerce between France and the United States. Memorial of Chamber of Commerce of St. Etienne.

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Argentine Republic:

1. Tariffs and schedules of Argentine Republic for the years 1881 and 1883.

2. Export tariff of.

Chili: Tariff law and schedule; full text.


1. Military tariff of (Chilian).

2. New tariff of Peru.

British Guiana: Tariff of.

Hayti: Tariff of.

Cuba: Duties on imports.

Porto Rico: Tariff and regulations of.

New Providence: Tariff of.


British India:

1. Proposed changes in tariff of.
2. Export duties of.

China: Customs tariffs of.


Hawaii: Tariff of.


New Zealand.




[Translated by Consul Oppenheim, of Gottenberg, and published in Consular Reports No. 5, for the month of March, 1881.]


§ 1.

Whenever in the assessment of duty there arises a fraction amounting to less than half an öre, such fraction is not to be considered, but where a fraction amounts to half an öre or over, such fraction is to be reckoned as one öre additional.

§ 2.

The weights and measures mentioned in this tariff are identical with those prescribed in the royal ordinance of November 22, 1878.

§ 3.

Merchandise imported in foreign bottoms is not to pay either additional or higher dues than if it arrives in Swedish vessels.

§ 4.

Tonnage dues, whether for Swedish or foreign vessels, amount to 14 öre per ton, calculated as per register, and such dues are to be paid each time, both on arrival and clearance; but in case a vessel during one and the same calendar year makes several voyages between Sweden and foreign countries, such dues are to be exacted only for the first clearance, and in case of a repeated arrival only when the vessel carries cargo and discharges a greater or lesser part thereof; and it will be proper to consider as vessels in ballast such vessels whose cargo only amounts to a small fraction of their carrying capacity; in regard to all of which the regulations contained in the royal ordinance of June 5, 1874, are to be followed.

When a vessel discharges or loads at several ports, tonnage dues are only to be imposed at the first loading or discharging point, and an acknowledgment of their payment is to be affixed to the manifest or clearance.

Exemption from tonnage dues is granted to vessels, whether bound for a Swedish port or other destination, that arrive and have "in ballast;" to vessels that, while engaged in voyages between foreign ports, call at a Swedish port in order only to land passengers and their effects, or to discharge goods into another vessel for export; to vessels that come "in distress" or for the purpose of receiving orders as to the further prosecution of the voyage, that do not discharge cargo and do not load anything besides necessaries and stores for the use of the crew, passengers, or ship; to vessels that in consequence of injury by the elements, of which due marine protest has been made, enter a Swedish port and discharge cargo, and, after repairs are completed, reload the original cargo and proceed on the voyage; to vessels that, from above


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