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Wednesday, 16 September 1936


Senator BRENNAN - The Minister for Commerce has supplied the following replies to the honorable senator's questions : - 1 and 2. For the five-year period 1931-1935 inclusive, the United States of America exports and imports were -

(a)   British countries, exclusive of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland -

United States of America exports to, $2,230,300,000.

United States of America imports from, $2,135,658,000.

(b)   All British countries, including the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland -

United States of America exports to, $4,102,471,000.

United States of America imports from, $2,727,640,000.

3.   There were no actual economic embargoes against Australian imports into the United States of America, but under, their high protective policy the United States of America maintained duties which were virtually prohibitive for many of Australia's principal items of export. For example, wool- duty of 24 to 34 cents per lb.; butter - 14 cents per lb.; meat - 5 to 7 cents per lb. Moreover, the United States of America quarantine laws have had the effect of an embargo against certain Australian fruits, vegetables and meats.







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