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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

Supplement E: Differential rates of tonnage dues,   pp. 1857-1956 PDF (43.1 MB)


Page 1857


                       SUPPLEMENT E.
PAPERS RELATING TO DIFFERENTIAL RATES OF TONNAGE DUES.
Message from the President of the United States inclosing a report from
  the Secretary of State in reference to the international questions arising
  from the imposition of differential rates of tonnage dues.
  To the Senate and House of Representatives:
  1 transmit herewith, for the consideration of Congress and such legis-
lation in respect of the matters therein presented as may seem neces.
sary and proper, a report of the Secretary of State, with accompanying
explanatory correspondence, in reference to the international questions
arising from the imposition of differential rates of tonnage dues upon
vessels entering ports of the United States from foreign countries under
the provisions of the fourteenth section of the act of June 26, 1884, and
the later amendatory provisions of the act of June 19, 1886, as set forth
in said report.
                                            GROVER CLEVELAND.
   EXECUTIVE MANSION,
       Washington, January 14, 1889.
 To the President:
   On the 26th of June, 1884, the President approved "An act to remove
 certain burdens on the American merchant marine and encourage the
 American foreign-carrying trade, and for other purposes."lThis statute
 contained thirty sections, relating to i~nspection Of vessels, shipping
and
 discharge of seamen, the liabilities of ship-owners, and sundry other
 kindred topics. Section 14 alone related to tonnage dues, but it pro-
 vided a new system for levying them which radically differed from that
 formerly in force.
   Section 14 provided that in lieu of the uniform tax of 30 cents a ton
 per annum previously imposed by law, a duty of 3 cents a ton, not to
 exceed in the aggregate 15 cents a ton in any one year, should be im-
 posed at each entry on all vessels which should be entered in any port
 of the United States from any foreign port or place in INorth America,
       R. Ex. I ,pt. 1----117                              1857


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