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Proclamation 267—Suspension of Tonnage Duties on Vessels Arriving From Trinidad, British West Indies

April 07, 1885


By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas satisfactory evidence has been received by me that upon vessels of the United States arriving at the island of Trinidad, British West Indies, no duty is imposed by the ton as tonnage tax or as light money, and that no other equivalent tax on vessels of the United States is imposed at said island by the British Government; and

Whereas by the provisions of section 14 of an act approved June 26. 1884, "to remove certain burdens on the American merchant marine collection in ports of the United States from vessels arriving from any port in the island of Trinidad of so much of the duty at the rate of 3 cents per ton as may be in excess of the tonnage and light-house dues, or other equivalent of tax or taxes, imposed on American vessels by the government of the foreign country in which such port is situated:

Now, therefore, I, Grover Cleveland, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the act and section hereinbefore mentioned, do hereby declare and proclaim that on and after this 7th day of April, 1885, the collection of said tonnage duty of 3 cents per ton shall be suspended as regards all vessels arriving in any port of the United States from a port in the island of Trinidad, British West Indies.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 7th day of April, 1885, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and ninth.

GROVER CLEVELAND

By the President:

T. F. BAYARD, Secretary of State.

Grover Cleveland, Proclamation 267—Suspension of Tonnage Duties on Vessels Arriving From Trinidad, British West Indies Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/205137

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