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Argentine Republic,   pp. 1-17 PDF (7.2 MB)


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                      CORRESPONDENCE.
                  ARGENTINE REPUBLIC.
                                No. 1.
                    Mr. Hanna to Mr. Bayard.
                               [Extract.]
No. 93.]                  LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
         Buenos Ayres, ]Novernber 19, 1887. (Received December 27.)
  SIR: The Argentine Congress yesterday, by a strong vote, fully an-
nulled all its export duties of every kind. This system for raising pub-
lie revenue had been of long standing and most serious detriment tothe
industries of th6 country. United States importers interested in Ar-
gentine trade, its wools, hides, and linseed, and other kindred products,
superabundant and cheap hereĆ½ and so desirable to them, can not fail
to be interested in this event, and to note great advantage in it.
  The export tax here on wool, for a long time amounting to 6 per cent.
on its estimated official valuation, as the result of a strong popular de-
mand, last year, was reduced 2 per cent., and now that the repeal is
sweeping and entirely obliterating all vestige of such duties, every trad-
ing interest, interiop and foreign, affected by it has cause for rejoicing.
  This reduction just now is quite remarkable on the part of the Argen-
tine Congress, when its treasury balances were strained and hard to rec-
oncile. But it has been done, and is a strong appeal for reciprocity on
the part of the United States.
  I trust I may be allowed to make a single suggestion in this connec-
tion, not in argument, but only for general information and for the fur-R
therance of better trade relations between the Argentine Republic and
the United States. They have repealed their export law* and some-
thing is left for us to do. As matters now stand a very strange discrim-
ination is authorized and enforced by our Government against our Ar.
gentine friends; for they have been such from the first and are now our
friends.
  Xr. George F. Brown, an importer of New York, who has long dealt
in Amrgentine products, puts the question so clearly it can not be im-
proved.
  In the matter of Argentine wools he says:
  The duty on combing and clothing wools, costing not more than 30 cents
per pound
at the place of growth, is 10 cents per pound for unwashed, regardless of
condition
orof their relative value to our manufacturers. This is a serious inconsistency
and
is a discrimination against Argentine wools, for the reason that they are
much heavier
in dirt and grease than wools from Australia and New Zealand. As the actual
value of
wool to the manufacturer depends on its quality in the scoured state and
that it
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