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A meeting of the Committee of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, held yesterday afternoon, was attended by Messrs J. M. Eitchie (president, in the chair), Fisher, Macke-ras, Gow, Morrison, aid Gallaway. CORRESPONDENCE. The following telegiam was received from the chairman of the Nelson Chamber of Commerce t —"lie Customs circular just issued to collectors removing all d'seretion from them in matter of rectifying inadvertent eirron of description in entries, and treating such inadvertOiiCios as offences to be refen od to Commissioners for punishment by fine : Will your Clumber immediately present vigorous protest to Parliament through your members in the House of Representatives insisting upon relegation of discretion to collectors to coirect such errors?’’ —It was agreed to refer the matter to the president and Mr OoW, with power to act. Mr I>. K. Kunsou (hon. secretary to the New Zealand Manufacturers’ Association) wrote as follows: —“ Will yoli kindly arrange for a deputation from the above Association to meet with your Executive for conference re the proposed intercolonial Frcetrado discussions, which, it is uudetatosd, are to be held during the course of the Exhibition.”—The secretary was instructed to arrange for a deputation to meet the executive. The secretary to the Invercargill Chamber of Commerce forwarded a copy of the following resolution, which was agreed to by them at a recent meeting : “ That the Chamber commau’cato with the Government without delay protesting against the excessive duty proposed to bo levied by Victoria on Now Zealand produce as an unfriendly act towards a sister colony, and that the co-operation of other chambers of commerce in New Zealand be in s vited.”—Consideration defeired. A copy of the prospectus of the School for Mo lorn Oriental Studies, established by the Imperial Institute of the United Kingdom, the Colonies, and India, in union with University College and King’s College, London, was rood ved from Mr F. A. Abel, secretary of the Imperial Institute.—The matter was referred to tho Press. A UNIFORM COLONIAL TARIFF. Mr O. H. Allen, secretary to the Melbourne Chamber of Oomtne c>, wrote as follows “I am directed by the Council of this Chamber to hand you on tho annexed half-sheet copy of a resolution adopted by tho late Commercial Congress held in Melbourne (and which will be found on page 25 of the report). As only two clumbrra of commerce have as yet taken any action with a view to carrying out the objects and intention of the resolution, and as tho Council of this Chamber as ume|that they are probably expected to take the initiative in the matter, they adopted at their last sitting the resolution which follows that of the Congress. When your Chamber has taken any steps in the busine's I shall be glad to be informed, and measures will be taken with a view to bringing about a consensus of opinion on the draft of a common tariff for tho colonies.” The resolution of the Congress referred to was as follows That in order to secure some practical result from the deliberations of this Congress, it is desirable that a committee, to be composed of two or more (not exceeding four) delegates from each colony, to be selected by the chambers of commerce of the several colonies, be appointed to inquire into the existing tariffs of the various colonies and draw up a common tariff applicable to the whole of the colonies, and to submit the same at a future congiess of tho chambers of commerce; and, further, that the chambers of manufacturers in each colony bo requested to ca-coperate in the work.” The resolution adopted by the Council of tho Melbourne Chamber of Commerce was to the effect that a circular letter be addressed all to the Australian chambers of commerce and chambers of manufacturers, asking them to cooperate in giving effect to the resolution adopted by the Congress by appointing at least two of their number, whose duty it would be to assist in the preparation of a draft of the suggested tariff. It was agreed to send the following reply : “We shall be glad to fall in with the suggestion and have tho whole matter discussed at the proposed Congress in Dunedin.” A COMMERCIAL CONGRESS. It was definitely derided that a commercial congress should be held in Dunedin about the end of January, and a sub-committce was appointed to take the necessary steps in tho matter.

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE., Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889