AUCKLAND CUSTOMS RETURNS.
DUTIES COLLECTED. INFLUENCE OF PREFERENTIAI/' : TARIFF. ■ The Customs duties collected at the port of Auckland during the financial year just ended amounted to a total of £652,936 2/2.. or £115,312 less than was collected during the preceding year, for wfiich period the amount reached £T68,248 0/3. The amount collected in beer duties during the past year .was £27,596 14/3, as against £2/3,363 1/9 for the year ending March 31, 1908. At the first blush it would appear, by
reading the'above figures, that there has ~" been a big falling' off in our import trade, but a careful review of the situation will dispose of any such gloomy appraisement. For during '.the year just ; .- : v ended the loss to Customs receipts by the revision of the tariff in 1907 was.-'.;' particularly heavy, and' this' applied. .:. especially to the port of Auckland, wherein 1900 a sum of £1>27,006' was collected .;. for duty on sugar alone. In 19.07, part of which came under the revised tariff, ' •■ the amount collected on sugar was over £70,00p, the whole of which disappears from the duties of the financial'year-'V of 1908-9. If this sum of £70,000 is subtracted from the apparent decrease 'of £115,312, the shrinkage will be reduced to £45,000, most of which can also be accounted for in various ways relating to incidents of As a matter of fact, the Customs authorities in Auck- ', land'consider that the returns, in view of the peculiar circumstances attaching ' thereto, are eminently satisfactory, being between £30,000 and £33,000 dn excess of what was anticipated. -.g As compared with the Wellington ■ shrinkage, it may be stated .that in 1906 the sugar duties at that port only amounted to' £'12,803, as compared to . Auckland's £127,000, and that if this . year's loss of sugar dues were lifted from the total shrinkage -of £73,745,' ._; there would still be £65,000 left, ai-|| against Auckland's £45,000. * ■
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