BUTTER BOX TIMBER.
COMPETITION FROM SWEDEN. DUTY REFUNDED ON EXPORT. [BY - TELEGRAPH. —OWN COKKESPONDENT.] HAMILTON. Thursday. The fact that the timber workers at Manunui are employed only four days a week owing to depression in the industry was referred to to-day fcy Mr. H. Valder, managing director of Ellis and Burnand, Ltd., tha owners of the Manunui mill. Mr. Valder said the principal timber dealt with at Manunui was white pine, which was used for making butter boxes, cheese crates and fruit cases. The New Zealand box-making industry met with strong competition from Sweden, which was able to export timber to New Zealand on a basis that was lower than the price at which such timber could be produced in New Zealand. An import duty of 4s was paid on tho Swedish timber on arrival in New Zealand, but this duty was remitted when the timber went out of New Zealand in the form of containers for primary -produce. Mr. Valder referred to the wages of Swedish timber workers and quoted a reliable authority which showed that in the sawmills the men received from Sjd to 9|d an hour, the box factory worker received from 7£d to 9d an hour, while the timber workers were paid 6?d an hour. Rail freights from the timber mills in the King Country to the main ports were greater than the freights from Sweden to New Zealand. When, these, circumstances were taken into account, said Mr. Valder, the difficulties under which the New Zealand timber millers and workers were operating would bo appreciated.
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BUTTER BOX TIMBER., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIV, Issue 19737, 9 September 1927
BUTTER BOX TIMBER. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIV, Issue 19737, 9 September 1927
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