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Wednesday, 21 October 1931

Mr JONES (INDI, VICTORIA) - I desire to ask the Minister for Markets a question relating to the export of timber from Australia to China, and by way of explanation I shall read the following extract from the Sydney Morning Herald of the 20th October:-


Trade with China.

Chinese Firm's Complaint.

Mr. GockYoung, of the Chinese Exporting Company, Messrs. Wing, On and Company, of Shanghai, Hongkong, and Canton, in Australia, said yesterday thathe deplored the fact that hisfirm was hindered in its endeavour to improve trade relationship with China in the timber trade. " Recently ", he said, " a Chinese firm received an order for a shipment of 14,000 sleepers, also other hardwoods, to bo landed in Hongkong.

Shipping arrangements were made in Hongkong with a certain shipping company, whose friendship with China at present is commercially and nationally strained, owing to recent political developments in China. Other arrangements had to be made. They approached the shipping companies of the regular liners now running between Australia and China, with a view to taking over and contracting upon the same conditions as arranged in Hongkong. Shipping companies declined to call at Port Stephens and other coastal ports to receive sleepers direct, in order to avoid high transhipping charges in Sydney. The timber industry- is likely to suffer ".

In view of the desirability of assisting the export trade of timber from Australia, to China, will the Minister have inquiries made with a view to assistingthis company to have these sleepers, as well as any other timber which may be ordered, shipped to Hongkong?

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