HC Deb 10 June 1903 vol 123 c444
MR. MOON (St. Pancras, N.

To ask the Secretary to the Board of Trade whether he will give the date and title of the German law, tariff, or other document under which Canadian imports to that country are subjected to duty, and also the text of such part or parts as will show the rate or amount of the duty upon Canadian imports as compared with that upon imports from other countries.

(Answered by Mr. Bonar Law.) The existing German tariff is determined by the Customs Tariff Law of the 15th July, 1879, amended by several subsequent laws, and modified by treaties with several Powers as regards the rates on imports from countries enjoying "Most-Favoured-Nation" treatment. Since the termination of the treaty between Great Britain and Germany, the tariff treatment of goods from the British Empire imported into Germany has been regulated by special German legislation. The German law now in force respecting the commercial relations with the British Empire is dated 29th May, 1901, and in virtue of this law the Bundesrath issued a notification, dated 11th June, 1901, according, until further notice, Most-Favoured-Nation treatment to subjects and products of the British Empire with the exception of Canada. Canadian products do not, therefore, enjoy in Germany the reductions of duty conceded by treaty to various Powers, but are subject to the general German tariff.