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TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Document No. 2352. Vol. 1.

Bureau of Statistics.

Hiltof 7. L. Stuart

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General imports.- Tables Nos. 3, 4, and 5 embrace imported articles entered at the custom-houses for immediate consumption and imported articles entered for warehouse. The statements of imports entered for consumption, Table No. 15, embrace imported articles entered for immediate consumption and imported articles withdrawn from warehouse for consumption. The statement of general imports and the statement of imports entered for consumption for any period will always differ to the extent that the value of entries for warehouse for the period differs from the value of withdrawals from warehouse for consumption. The term "entry for consumption” is the technical name of the import entry made at the custom-house, and does not imply that the goods have been actually consumed, but simply that they have been delivered into the custody of the importer and that the duties have been paid on the dutiable portion.

Import values.—The values or prices of articles imported since August 1, 1890, are governed by the provisions of section 19 of the act of June 10, 1890, which prescribes that the values of imported merchandise subject to ad valorem rates of duty shall be “the actual market value or wholesale price of such merchandise as bought and sold in usual wholesale quantities at the time of exportation to the United States in the principal markets of the country from whence imported, and in the condition in which such merchandise is there bought for exportation to the United States or consigned to the United States for sale, including the value of all cartons, cases, crates, boxes, sacks, and coverings of any kind, and all other costs, charges, and expenses incident to placing the merchandise in condition ready for shipment to the United States."

Domestic export values. — Tables Nos. 6, 7, and 8 exhibit the exports of domestic products or manufactures, also exports of commodities of foreign origin which have been changed from the form in which they were imported, or enhanced in value by further manufacture in the United States, such as sugar refined in this country from imported raw sugar, flour ground from imported wheat, and articles and utensils made from imported metals, etc. The value of exports of domestic merchandise is their value at the time of exportation in the ports of the United States whence they are exported.

Foreign export values.—Tables Nos. 9, 10, and 11, called “foreign exports,” or “reexports,” exhibit exports of foreign merchandise which had been imported. The value of such commodities exported from warehouse" is their import value. The value of such commodities exported “not from warehouse,” comprising free goods mainly, is the value at the ports of the United States whence they are exported.

Values of foreign merchandise in transit or transshipped.—Table No. 12 exhibits foreign merchandise brought to the United States for immediate transit across the territory of the United States to a foreign country, or for transshipment in the ports of the United States to a foreign country. The value of the commodities returned in this table is similar to that of imports.

Values of warehoused merchandise.—Table No. 13 exhibits imported merchandise in warehouse. This merchandise has already appeared in the statement of general imports, Tables Nos. 3, 4, and 5, for the year in which it was imported. The official values of the articles therein represented are the same as the import values.

Tonnage tables. In the tables of the foreign tonnage movement the tonnage is stated in net tons of 100 cubic feet internal carrying capacity,

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