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Statement showing the value of declared exports from the consular district of Glasgow to the United States during the four quarters of the year ending September 30, 1877.
OCTOBER 13, 1877. (Received November 24.)
Report upon the commerce and navigation of Leith for 1876–77.
I have the honor to transmit herewith, in compliance with the consular regulations, the following annual returns applicable to the commerce falling under this consular district.
Inclosure A.-Statement showing the imports at Leith for the year ending 30th June, 1877. This statement shows the average value, during the above period, of the various kinds of produce imported at Leith from the countries mentioned in it, the total value of the whole imports amounting to $17,088,108.44. The quantities thus imported are, as regards nearly all the different kinds of produce, considerably in excess of what was imported during the preceding year, with the exception, however, of wheat, which has decreased this year by upward of a million bushels.
Inclosure B.-Statement showing the exports from Leith for the year ending 30th June, 1877. The total value of these exports, being exclusively coals, pig-iron, and malleable iron, amounts to $3,033,395.50. The
quantities of these minerals exported for the past year show a large decrease as compared with the previous year, and this is undoubtedly accounted for by the dull state of trade which has prevailed throughout Scotland during the last twelve months.
Inclosure C.-Statement showing the navigation at the port of Leith for the year ending 31st August, 1877. From this statement it will be observed that, during the year, there entered the port of Leith 1,519 vessels of the total burden of 516,449 tons, and, during the same period, there cleared 1,113 vessels of the total burden of 408,205 tons. Of the vessels which entered, three, of 2,086 tons, were United States vessels, and of those which cleared, four, of 2,064 tons, were United States vessels. In forwarding the three returns above mentioned I take the liberty of referring to the difficulties which I have experienced here in procuring the information contained in these returns, and that, owing to the manner in which the accounts are kept in the custom-house, I have been unsuccessful in obtaining the full particulars of the trade of this port.
EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES.
Inclosure D.-Statement showing the declared exports from this consular district to the United States during the year to 30th September, 1877. From this statement, it appears that the value of the total exports for that period amounts to $1,671,257.79. This is a slight decrease upon last year, and arises from the recent backward condition of the principal manufactures in this consular district.
Inclosure E.-Statement giving the statistics of the railways in the United Kingdom, condensed from the official publication just issued.* Grain.-Russia and the United States afford the greatest supplies of grain to this country, and for the next year at least the United States alone must be looked to to meet the demand for grain. This district, therefore, will have to be supplied to the extent of at least one-third additional so as to make up the deficiency on the harvest.
THE NEW DOCK.
A new dock of about 16 acres will shortly be opened at Leith, which will afford greater commercial facilities to that port.
JOHN T. ROBESON.
This statement will be found under the head of Great Britain and Ireland, page 366.
Statement showing the commerce of Leith, &c.-Continued.
COMPARATIVE STATEMENT SHOWING THE QUANTITIES OF PRINCIPAL ARTICLES IMPORTED DURING THE YEARS
* Exports of coal, pig-iron, and malleable iron only are given in this table.