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Board of Trade, Whitehall, December 31, 1862. The Right Honourable the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade, give Notice that the Moniteur of the 30th instant, contains a French Imperial Decree, of which the following is a translation, fixing the import duties on British and Belgian products, having Salt as their basis, and abolishing the supplementary duties upon glass of British or Belgian origin: ART. 1. The British and Belgian productions, having salt as their basis, which are specified in the table annexed to the present decree, will, after the 1st January, 1863, pay on importation, in lieu of the existing supplementary duties, the supplementary duties therein set forth, to countervail the direct and indirect charges attaching to the manufacture of soda. Nevertheless, the supplementary duties fixed by the treaties of the 16th November, 1860, and the 1st May, 1861, with England and Belgium respectively, will continue to be levied :-1st, on sulphate of anhydrous soda, containing more than 25 per cent. of salt; 2nd, upon artificial raw sodas below 30 degrees; 3rd, upon carbonates of soda below 60 degrees. ART. 2. From the 1st of January, 1863, the supplementary duties upon looking glass or mirrors, upon glass wares, window glass, and other white glass and glass bottles of British or Belgium origin, will be abolished.

Table annexed to the above Decree. Duty per 100 kilos. Artificial raw soda of at least 30 degrees: f. c. Crystals of soda (crystallized carbonate of soda) ... --- --- ... 0 40

Board of Trade, Whitehall, December 31, 1862. The Right Honourable the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade, give Notice that the Moniteur of the 30th instant, contains a French Imperial Decree, of which the following is a translation, fixing the import duties on British and Belgian products, having Salt as their basis, and abolishing the supplementary duties upon glass of British or Belgian origin: ART. 1. The British and Belgian productions, having salt as their basis, which are specified in the table annexed to the present decree, will, after the 1st January, 1863, pay on importation, in lieu of the existing supplementary duties, the supplementary duties therein set forth, to countervail the direct and indirect charges attaching to the manufacture of soda. Nevertheless, the supplementary duties fixed by the treaties of the 16th November, 1860, and the 1st May, 1861, with Fugland and Belgium respectively, will continue to be levied :—1st, on sulphate of anhydrous soda, containing more than 25 per cent. of salt; 2nd, upon artificial raw sodas below 30 degrees; 3rd, upon carbonates of soda below 60 degrees. ART. 2. From the 1st of January, 1863, the supplementary duties upon looking glass or mirrors, upon glass wares, window glass, and other white glass and glass bottles of British or Belgium origin, will be abolished.

Table annexed to the above Decree.

Duty per

100 kilos. Artificial raw soda of at least 30 degrees; f. c.

Crystals of soda (crystallized carbonate

of soda) ... ... ... 0 40

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toms' Duties the following articles, when imported into France :

Silk unbleached, raw or thrown, including double thread (Doupions). Waste silk in mass, unbleached, or dyed.

Bones and hoofs of animals, of European origin, raw or calcined (calcinés à blanc), imported in French vessels, or by land.

Board of Trade, Whitehall, December 22, 1862. The Right Honourable the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade have received from the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the following translation of the Customs Tariff and Regulations recently promulgated by the Government of the Netherlands, which came into force on the 1st November last.

ART. 1.

Under the name of import duty, a duty shall be paid on the articles, as specified in the following list (1) and declared for home consumption.

ART. 2.

No duty is to be paid on articles not mentioned in the art. 1, except that they could be classed, according to their nature or destination, as one of the articles mentioned in the list.

The excise on foreign turf for fuel is to be paid, conformably to art. 1 of the law of the 26th December, 1833 (Offic. Journal, No. 77).

ART. 3. * No import duty is to be paid on:

(1) See the Tariff hereafter.

a. The merchandise, relanding within two years from our colonial possessions, after being exported from the Netherlands;

b. The merchandise of certified Dutch origin, relanded within two years, after being exported to foreign markets;

c. The merchandise relanded, after being exPorted from the Netherlands to places where it cannot be imported in consequence of prohibition or augmentation of import duty, which could not be known when exported.

ART. 4.

When the merchandise mentioned by the art. 3 is exported from the Netherlands, with discharge or restitution of excises, it cannot be relanded before the drawback is repaid.

ART. 5.

No import-duty is to be paid on provisions and victuals for consumption on board inward-bound ships, unless the merchandise is declared as such, and does not exceed the quantity fixed by the law.

When it exceeds the fixed quantity, freedom of import-duty will be granted, when it is to be exported in the same ship. In this case it must remain under the care of the custom-house until exported.

These articles are free of excise.

ART. 6.

No import-duty is to be paid on:

a. Utensils and cordages belonging to and whereof use is made on rafts of wood descending the rivers provided this use is duly stated by an inventory when imported;

b. Goods belonging to ambassadors of foreign states in the Netherlands, but only for those states where the goods of our ambassadors are also exempted from duty; c. Carriages used in travelling; d. Luggage of travellers; e. Furniture in course of removal; f. Fruits and productions of the earth and trees, the produce of places situated within the distance of five thousand five hundred ells from the frontiers of the country, imported for consumption in the Netherlands, provided that they are imported between sun-rise and sun-set and during the ordinarytime of harvest. The possession or the occupation of the grounds is to be duly stated; g. Empty bags, barrels, baskets, and all objects intended only for the transport of merchandise when exported; h. Merchandise free of excise imported to be dressed or prepared and re-exported; i. Merchandise free of excise exported for restoration in any foreign country, and which is imported again within six months. The goods mentioned sub b are free of excise.

ART. 7.

The stipulations necessary to prevent abuse, relative to the freedom mentioned in the articles 3, 5,and 6, are fixed by the law.

ART. 8.

For the calculation of the import-duty, the fractions of the lb., the litre, the cubic ell or the florin, shall be reckoned integrally.

Fractions of cents are counted for whole cents.

ART, 9.

No less import-duty than five cents will be charged for any declaration, however trifling the quantity or value may be.

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