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Statement showing the exports from Pernambuco for the year ending June 30, 1882.
Statement showing the imports and exports between Pernambuco and the United States for the year ending June 30, 1882.
Statement showing the navigation at the port of Pernambuco for the year ending June 30
Report by Vice-Consul Preller on the commerce of Rio Grande do Sul for the year 1882.
During the past quarter nine vessels, all foreigners, entered this port from the United States, five entirely loaded with Richmond flour, the remaining four with assorted cargoes from New York. Besides these supplies the province of Rio Grande has been furnished with American produce and manufactures through the medium of steamers to Rio de Janeiro, from whence the goods are forwarded on at an extravagant freight to this port. Surely this would indicate that when Messrs. Roach's line becomes fairly inaugurated, there is an opening for light-draught 14708 C R, PT 2———21
steamers to run in connection from Rio de Janeiro, touching at Santos, St. Catherines, and finishing at Porto Alegre. Such a steamer would also command much local freight. And as a proof of the want of means of transit, I would simply mention that the other day a steamer, the Victoria, was chartered expressly to bring down 3,000 barrels of flour, at 2,8000 (about 80 cents per barrel). The regular liners refused to carry the same lot at 2,8500 ($1 per barrel).
Exports during the quarter were as follows, much cargo having also gone by steamer, in transit via Rio de Janeiro, by Lamport & Holt's (British) line:
The accompanying table shows the amount of exports to the United States during the year to be $1,612,558.06, against, in 1881, $1,337,842.39; 1880, $1,509,472,32.
Under the head of exports I should mention that in virtue of a recent imperial decree the export duty of 9 per cent. ad valorem on washed or picked wool (laa beneficiada) has been abolished. But so little wool is now shipped hence that the said decision becomes of little moment.
BAR OF RIO GRANDE.
Under the administration of the new inspector and chief, whose zeal and activity have been unquestionable and most praiseworthy, a notable improvement can be reported. To quote the words of Mr. C. E. Beng, the leading broker, in his report just published:
Our bar continues in the same state of easy access. Ships in the draught of 94 to 10 feet have no difficulty or delay in crossing. During the month of December 117 vessels have crossed, which makes the traffic over the bar for three months from October 1 to December 31, 420 vessels, and this without a single accident.
I should mention under this head that a bell-buoy has been moored in 6 fathoms of water, at a distance of 1 miles from the end of the bank, and from which vessels can stand off again to the north or south and anchor to the southeast, being then sufficiently distanced from the bar. A powerful steamer, now in construction in France, with all the modern improvements, will be shortly placed by the Government as a towboat at the disposal of the inspector, as well as a steam life-boat for sounding, &c.
The appointment of a genuine hatere of the province to the important post of minister of agriculture, under whose attributes all the muchneeded improvements in Rio Grande come direct, is another fact worthy of note as of much promise and hope as regards future prosperity and commercial success in my district.
UNITED STATES CONSULATE,
WILLIAM A. PRELLER,
Rio Grande do Sul.
Statement of exports from the consular district of Rio Grande do Sul to the United States during the calendar year ending December 31, 1882.
Exports of coffee from Santos for the year ending September 30,
1,509, 472 32
* Estimated dutiable value, including 4 per cent. provincial duty. Such coffees are also generally of low quality.
Export of sundry articles from Santos during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1882, as furnished by the provincial revenue office.
Quina first exported here in July, 1882.
Statement showing the imports and exports between Santos and the United States for the year ending September 30, 1882.
If a remarkable increase in amount of customs revenue received and the quantity of coffee exported be indicative of prosperity, then does our custom-house here show great pròsperity for this province. Its receipts for import and export duties, &c., were: Fiscal year 1860-61, 524,000,000 reis; 1881-82, 6,233,000,000 reis-an increase which Chicago cannot beat. The above does not include the provincial export duties; nor have we now an unwise tax of 24 per cent. ad valorem upon all goods imported from sister provinces. Neither can the above show exactly what this province has done, because of great importations made through Rio and sent overland by railway.
Export of coffee in bags from Santos to the United States during four years, each ending, respectively, September 30.
Statement showing the navigation at the port of Santos for the year ending September 30, 1882.