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COMMERCE

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The principal imports are textile fabrics, dress, &c,, 4,598,682/. ; and food, drinks, &c., 3,817,828/. in 1897.

The trade of the Cape (excluding specie) was distributed as follows during the last four years : —

1894

1895

1896

1897

United King- / Imports from

dom \ Exports to .

British Pos- / Imports from

sessions \ Exports to .

Foreign i Imports from

Countries \ Exports to .

£

8,877,632

13,352,658

605,674

56,110

1,815,339

287,770

£

10,427,201

16,316,001

736,584

68,011

2,448,620

414,125

£

12,807,332

16,404,464

811,171

86,636

4,316,536

460,738

£

12,839,271

19,019,161

883,233

83,844

4,209,374

333,799

The value of the imports (of merchandise) and exports (colonial), ex- cluding diamonds sent through by post office, at the leading ports has been as follows : —

Cape Town

Port Nollotli

Port Eliza- beth

East London

Mossel Bay

,j,Q7 \ Imports . ^^^' } Exports .

£ 3,343,105 8,304,897 4,457,126 8,672,837 5,149,824 11,319,159

£

21,847 246,723

36,007 218,463

24,342 300,783

£ 6,790,963 2,020,467

8,677,780 1,921,394 7,877,481 1,949,878

£ 2,890,021

755,399 3,456,569

851,436 3,121,270

817,368

£ 162,712 145,258 203,075 181,133 220,430 146,702

The value of the trade (excluding diamonds, bullion, and specie) with the United Kingdom, during five years is returned by the Board of Trade as follows : —

1893

1894

1895 1896

1897

Imports into U. K,

from Colony Exports of British

produce to Colony

£ 4,799,748 7,249,530

£ 4,301,521 6,978,128

£

4,709,259 9,016,997

£

4,460,317

10,687,173

£ 4,195,741 9,976,849

In the last five years the imports of wool — sheep and goats' — into the United Kingdom from Cape Colony were as follows : —

1893

1894

lt95

1896

1897

Quantities Value

lbs. 74,858,363

£ 3,105,517

lbs. 64,290,619

£ 2,613,438

lbs. 70,494,420

£ 2,915,041

lbs. 79,716,185

£ 2,824,243

lbs. 69,921,750

£ 2,484,313

Among the minor imports into Great Britain from the colony in 1897 were copper ore, of the value of 314,418/. ; feathers, chiefly ostrich, of the Value of 569,538/. ; and skins and hides, of the value of 743,790/. The