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The British Imperial Council of Commerce have circularised chambers of commerce, under date London, September 25, aa follows t

Dear sir,—ln view of the wide interest which has been awakened, by reason of the outbreak of war in Europe, in the necessity of taking advantage of the exist, ing situation to further bind together the ties of the Empire and render it more and more self-contained industrially and commercially, the Executive Committee have recently held an emergency meeting (o consider what assistance in this connection con be given by the British Imperial" Council of Commerce.

You will be aware that certain Government departments here are already making special efforts to assist those desiring to open up commercial relations witn various parts of the Empire and foreign countries,- with the object of obtaining a portion of the German and Austrian export trade. The London Chamber of Commerce, who many years ago organised a statistical and information department to act us a clearing-house for commercial inquiries, have also extended their operations in the direction indicated, whilst other chambers of commerce here and institutions such os the Royal Colonial Institute are doing likewise. The council is, of course, in touch with these bodies, and especially with the London Chamber of Commerce. The Executive Committee' are anxious to assist this movement by every means In their power, realising that the council will not justify their existence unless they promptly avail themselves, in accordance with their constitution, of the present opportunity of “strengthening inter-imperial trade interests” and acting as an “Imperial clearing-house for commercial information and suggestions,’* which may be done by bringing together buyers and sellers of manufactures and other articles, whether produced in the United Kingdom or the Oversea Dominions.

The Executive Committee appreciate that the council represent not only the chambers of commerce of the United Kingdom, but also those of outlying portions of the Empire, which are equally entitled to share in any benefits which may accrue from the altered conditions. As stated above, the present war has already brought about a general recognition o! the need for rendering the Empire self-supporting to the greatest poss'ble extent. The Executive Committee propose to make a systematic study of this problem, and cordially invite suggestions and assistance from the council a con-, stituent bodies, .either for such immediate action as may be possible or with a view to providing material for practical discuscion when the Empire Congress meets in Toronto in 1915. , ..... . The appended summarised statistics ot German trade with various portions of the Empire will no doubt be suggestive.—

\Vo are, etc, Stanxet Machin, Chairman. CnAS. E. MrSGBAVE, Secretary. UNITED KINGDOM. • SUMMARY OF "aNGLO-GERMAN TRADE. , Net Imports Exporta to into United Germany. Kingdom. Food. etc. ... ... £10,976,000 £4,032,000 Raw materials ... 6,349,000 7,239,000 Manufactures ... 47,824,000 28,031,000 Miscellaneous ... 692,000 1,060,000 Total £65,841,000 £40,363,000 PRINCIPAL IMPORTS FROM GERMANY. Sugar ... £6,188,000 Ora ; n and flour 1,973,000 Hods 415,000 Oil (cocoannt and palm) ... ... 677,000 J2rcrgs ••• 'd'&JfU UU Oils (various) 1,374,000 Wood and timber 74a,txX) Furs and skins 7 ... 320,000 Manures 399,000 Rubber 344,000 Woollen rags 307,000 Wood pulp 293,000 Iron and steel 6,7bO,tOO Leather 2,000,000 Hosiery 1,600,000 Lace J.,0uu,u00 Trimmings 600,000 Gloves 600,000 Silk stuffs -. ... 2,000,000 Coal tar dyes 1,500,000 PRINCIPAL EXPORTS TO GERMANY. Herrings £2,397,000 Flour oflals ... 809,000 Coal ... ... 4,389,000 Wool ••• 1,175,000 Qjlg •». ••• 302,000 Iron and steel ... ... ... 1,500,000 Leather 550,000 BRITISH EMPIRE (APART FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM). PRINCIPAL IMPORTS FROM GERMANY. Sugar £1,448,000 Minerals (including mineral oils) 297,000 Chemicals (including colons and dyeing materials) 1,428,000 ‘ Leather, etc. 395,000 India-rubber wares 465,000 Machinery (including electro- 1 technical products . and 1 vehicles and vessels) 1,372,000 Musical instruments 656,000 Paper 374,(XX) Glass - 325,000 Toys 296,000 Earthenware 224,000 Silks, etc 416,000 Woollens, etc 881,000 Cottons .. ... 1,995,000 Clothings, etc. ... ... ... ... 244,000 Iron - 3,560,000 Aluminium 118,000 Lead ~ 28,000 Zinc 135,000 Tin - ... _. 30,000 Copper 682,000 FOREIGN COUNTRIES. PRINCIPAL GERMAN EXPORTS. Textiles ... ...£17,250,000 Metals ... 17,250,000 Chemicals 13,250,000 Machinery, electro-technical products, etc. ... ... 10.750,000 Leather, etc. ... ... ... ... 3,250,000 Paper, etc 3,000,000 Earthenware ... 1,500,000 Toys 1,750.000 Glass and glassware .„ ... 1,600,000 Musical instruments 1,000,000

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INTER-IMPERIAL TRADE, Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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INTER-IMPERIAL TRADE Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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