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ENORMOUS DEMAND BANKED-UP ORDERS Millions of pounds worth of goods i ordered by Auckland and other New Zealand importers are awaited from : Canada, U.S.A. and Britain. In some . cases the orders have been in the i hands of the manufacturers for many months, so long, in fact, that licenses ■ may have expired for • considerable < quantities of hardware, and possibly also for certain classes of soft goods. , "New import licenses should be : issued by the Government immedi- ! ately to take care of these back orders until the goods become available," said. Mr. G. D. Rutter, pastpresident of the Bureau of Importers. "Otherwise the importers con- < cerned will lose their position on the waiting lists of British and American manufacturers, and will be placed in the position of having to go back to the end of the queue. , No importers want to cancel orders • at this stage, when there is such an i enormous accumulated demand on manufacturers. To have to do so • would result in the lpss of probably 1 months of valuable time." ( Goods for which orders had been banking up in Canada and the j United States included artificers . tools, electrical and radio equipment, and various other kinds of hard- , ware. The supplying of these requirements was. likely to be expedited immediately now that the manufacturers were in a position to switch over fully to production for normal trade. Priorities in Britain Britain's export trade had been greatly handicapped by lack of manpower and materials for years past, and there was such a huge accumulated domestic demand that her capacity to export in the near future was rather uncertain, said Mr. Rutter. Housing had fir,st priority, after which came exports, but it was not known whether there would be a surplus over and above housing needs in important lines of hardware, particularly lines which New Zealand needed. Still, it was hoped that there would be a share for builders in the Dominion, as this was one of the major bottlenecks in housing. Hopes were based upon Britain's eagerness to recover ground she had lost during the war in export markets, snd upon her need of trade to rebuild her prosperity, continued Mr. Rutter. The outlook was much more encouraging than it appeared a short while ago, but it might be eighteen months ■ or two years before New Zealand was able to get what it wanted in the quantities needed. Meantime there would probably be a gradual improvement, starting from now. 4 ~

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HARDWARE GOODS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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HARDWARE GOODS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945