AUCKLAND'S SATISFACTORY POSITION. BIG EXPORTS INCREASE The port of Auckland customs returns for March afford the welcome intelligence that a big increase is taking place in the export of our staple products, the export figures for last mouth being nearly double those of March, 1908. There is a decrease shown in the customs duties collected at the port last month amounting to £16,248 Is lid, as compared with March of lait year, the respective figures being £57,078 7s 3d and £73,326 9s 2d. The amount collected in beer duty was £2634 9s 4d, as against £2092 0s od during March, 1908. The total value of exports from Auckland during the past month was £350,224, for March of last year it was £188,338, the increase thus being no les3 a sum than £ 161,886. The only item of export that shows any appreciable decrease is gold, of which 19,7690z lOdwt 4gr, valued at £76,023, was exported last month, as compared with 22,7570z lodwt, valued at £90,583, during March, 1908, a decrease amounting to £ 14,560. Silver, however, showed a big increase, the export of this metal being 204,0080z 4dwt, vadued at £20,343, last month, as against 89,0380z 4dwt, valued at £9051 in March, 1908, the increase being £11,292 in value. In such items as wool, frozen meat, butter, timber, and kaurf gum the increases were particularly marked, amounting in some cases to as much as fivefold, the only other staple of any importance showing a decrease being phormium tenax, the export of which shows a decline in value from the £9340 of March, 1908, to £2737 last month. The following figures will show the position of the various articles for the two terms, the figures for March, 1908, being in parentheses:—Wool, 2,473,77615, valued at £74,589 (655.5981b, £23,504), increase, £51,085; butter, 13,5601 cwt, £70,----773 (2505 cwt, £14,129), increase £56,----664; beef, 3765 cwt. £5022 (319 cwt, £517); mutton, 669 carcases, £492; lamb, 32,307 carcases, £23,233 (10,333 carcases, £6399) ; timber, 2,408,202 sup- ! erficial feet, £14,304 (2,201,879 s. ft,----£9661) ; kauri gum, 655 tons 12 cwt, £47,----220 (333 tons, £17.472), increase, £29,----748; cheese, .1967* t=wt. £5428 (1189 cwt £3383); hides, 1050, £939 (158, £173); phormium tenax, 159 tons 17 cwt, £2737 (392 tons, £9340) ; tow, 51 tons, £359 (87 tons, £560); potatoes, 1252 cwt, £428 (nil); skins, 24,411, £1735 (16,272, £1770) j tallow, 267 tons 10 cwt, £6519 (56 tons, £1710) : wheat, £38 (£47) ; hops, £14 (£7) ; oats, £2S (£32).
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