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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

Dominican Republic,   pp. 98-170 PDF (26.3 MB)


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170ORtIGN IMLATIO:NS, 191,9 VOLUME II
It appears from the demonstration submitted by the Military
Governor that the import duties collected in the Dominican Repub-
lic during 1917 were $4,923,840.83, and during 1918 were $3,967,-
885.74; that the proposed revision of the customs duties represents
an average reduction of 37.98% in all import duties now applicable,
taking into account as reductions the proposed additions to the
free list, and that, on the basis of exportations and importations
to the like amount and the like character during the year 1918, the
total net customs receipts would, at the altered rate of duties, have
been for such year approximately $2,460,000. Inasmuch as the im-
port duties collected during the year 1917 were considerably in excess
of those collected during 1918, it appears that the total net customs
receipts in the year 1917 would, if the altered rates of duties had
been then in force, have been largely over $2,000,000. It is under-
stood from the demonstration that all of the figures before men-
tioned are in terms of United States gold.
In view of the foregoing, I have the honor to inform you that
the Dominican Executive has demonstrated, and the President of
the United States recognizes, that, on the basis of exportations and
importations to the like amount and like character during the two
years preceding January 1, 1919, the total net customs receipts
would, at rates of duties as altered by the proposed new tariff, have
been, for each of such two years, in excess of the sum of $2,000,000
gold.
Therefore, I beg to request you to advise the Military Governor
of Santo Domingo that the Government of the United States agrees
to the proposed modification of the import duties of the Dominican
Republic.
I have [etc.]                              ROBERT LANSING
639.003/62
The Minister in the Dominican Republic (Russell) to the Secretary
of State
No. 515                  SANTO DOMINGO, October 25, 1919.
[Received November 13.]
SIR: I have the honor to forward herewith three copies of the
new Dominican Tariff to be effective on January 1, 1920.53
There is also enclosed a copy of the Final Report and Recom-
inendations of the Dominican Tariff Commission 53 which explains
the changes in the new tariff rates.
I have [etc.]                         WILLIAM W. RUSSELL
63 Not printed.
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