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Proclamation 317—Modifications of the Tariff Laws of the German Empire

February 01, 1892

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas, pursuant to section 3 of the act of Congress approved October 1, 1890, entitled "An act to reduce the revenue and equalize duties on imports and for other purposes," the attention of the Government of the German Empire was called to the action of the Congress of the United States of America, with a view to secure reciprocal trade, in declaring the articles enumerated in said section 3 to be exempt from duty upon their importation into the United States of America; and

Whereas the charge' d'affaires of the German Empire at Washington has communicated to the special plenipotentiary of the United States the fact that, in view of the act of Congress above cited, the German Imperial Government has by due legal enactment authorized the admission, from and after February 1, 1892, into the German Empire of the articles or merchandise the product of the United States of America named in the following schedule, on the terms stated therein:

Schedules of articles to be admitted into Germany.

> Articles. Rate of duty

per 100



1. Bran; malted germs------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Free.

2. Flax, raw, dried, broken, or hatchled; also refuse portions---------------------------------------------------------- Free.

3. Wheat------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3.50

4. Rye--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.50

5. Oats-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.80

6. Buckwheat----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.00

7. Pulse-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.50

8. Other kinds of grain not specially mentioned--------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.00

9. Barley------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2.00

10. Rape seed, turnip seed, poppy, sesame, peanuts, and other oleaginous products not

specially mentioned---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.00

11. Maize (indian corn)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.60

12. Malt (malted barley)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.60

13. Anise, coriander, fennel, and caraway seed---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.00

14. Agricultural productions not otherwise designated------------------------------------------------------------------- Free.

15. Horsehair, raw, hatchled, boiled, dyed, also laid in the form of tresses and spun; bristles;

raw bed feathers-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Free.

Schedules of articles to be admitted into Germany -- Continued.

Articles. Rate of duty


100 kilograms.


16. Bed feathers, cleaned and prepared.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Free.

17. Hides and skins, raw (green, salted, limed, dried), and stripped of the hair for the manufacture-------- Free.

of leather.

18. Charcoal------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Free.

19. Bark of wood and tan bark------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Free.

20. Lumber and timber:------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

(a) Raw or merely roughhewn with ax or saw, with or without bark; oaken barrel staves. ---- 0.20

(b) Marked in the direction of the longitudinal axis, or prepared or cut otherwise than by---- 0.30

roughhewing; barrel staves not included under (a) ; unpeeled osiers and hoops; hubs,

fellies, and spokes.

(c) Sawed in the direction of the longitudinal axis; unplaned boards; sawed cantle woods

and other articles sawn or hewn--------------------------------------------------------------------------- 0.80

21. Wood in cut weneering; unglued, unstained parts of floors 5.00

22. Hops; also hop meal *14.00

23. Butter; also artificial butter 17.00

24. Meat, slaughtered fresh, with the exception of pork 15.00

25. Pork, slaughtered, fresh, and dressed meat, with the exception of bacon, fresh orprepared 17.00

26. Game of all kinds (not alive) 20.00

27. Cheese, except Strecchino, Gorgonzola, and Parmesan. 20.00

28. Fruit, seeds, berries, leaves, flowers, mushrooms, vegetables, dried, baked, pulverized, only

boiled down or salted-all these products so far as they are not included under other numbers of the

tariff; juices of fruits, berries, and turnips, preserved without sugar, to be eaten; dry nuts 4.00

29. Mill products of grain and pulse, to wit, ground or shelled grains, peeled barley, groats, grits,

flour, common cakes (baker<174>s products) 7.30

30. Residue, solid, from the manufacture of fat oils, also ground.---------------------------------------------------- Free.

31. Goose grease and other greasy fats, such as oleomargarine, sperfett (a mixture of stearic fats------- 10.00

with oil), beff marrow.

32. Live animals and animal products not mentioned elsewhere; also beehives with live bees.-------------- Free.

33. Horses (remarks)each------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 20.00

(a) Horses up to 2 years old do.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10.00

(b) Colts following their dams.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Free.

34. Bulls and cows----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9.00

35. Oxen.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25.50

36. Calves less than 6 weeks old----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.00

37. Hogs------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5.00

38. Pigs weighing less than 10 kilograms.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1.00

39. Sheep----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.00

40. Lambs.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 0.50

41. Wool, including animal hair not mentioned elsewhere, as well as stuffs made thereof

(a) Wool, raw, dyed, ground; also hair, raw, hatcheled, boiled, dyed; also curled--------------------- Free.


And whereas the special plenipotentiary of the United States has, by my direction, given assurance to the charge' d'affaires of the German Empire at Washington that this action of the Government of the German Empire in granting exemption of duties to the products and manufactures of the United States of America on their importation into Germany is accepted as a due reciprocity for the action of Congress as set forth in section 3 of said act:

Now, therefore, be it known that I, Benjamin Harrison, President of the United States of America, have caused the above-stated modifications of the tariff laws of the German Empire to be made public for the information of the citizens of the United States of America.

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 1st day of February, 1892, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixteenth.


By the President:

JAMES G. BLAINE, Secretary of State.

Benjamin Harrison, Proclamation 317—Modifications of the Tariff Laws of the German Empire Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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