No. 547.
General Sickles to Mr. Fish.

No. 963.]

Sir: I have the houor to forward, herewith, a copy of an order of the minister of hacienda, dated 31st December, ultimo, suspending the collection of the tax on exports, some time since reduced from five to one per centum.

I have, also, the satisfaction to forward a copy of a decree published to-day, abolishing the tax definitely.

I am, &c,

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[Inclosure 1 in No. 963.]

Circular Order of December 31, 1873, suspending the tax of one per cent, on exports.

[Translated from “La Gaceta de Madrid” of January 11, 1874.]

Illustrious Sir: The government of the republic has decided to suspend, until further orders, the collection of the extraordinary and temporary impost denominated port and sea police dues (carga y policia naval,) which dicision has been communicated by telegraph to the provincial customs administrations.

By order of the aforesaid government, I inform you of this for the corresponding effects. May God guard you many years.

The General Director of Customs.

[Inclosure 2 in No. 903.]

Decree of January 14, 1874, abolishing the export-tax called “Impuesta de carga y policia naval.”

[Translated from “La Gaceta de Madrid” of January 15, 1874.]

ministry of finance.


The extraordinary war-impost, called that of “carga y policia naval” (port and marine police dues,) affects so many interests and trenches upon so many rights that it has been the object of reclamations, both from Spanish citizens and from foreign subjects. The government of the republic, which needs every recourse for the operations of the campaign, and which neither can nor should deprive itself of any source of revnue, however painful the sacrifice may be to those who pay the tax, finds itself, nev-rtheless, obliged to heed the sentiment of equity and the arguments of justice. It is evident that this impost, not yet collected, and, in fact, suspended by the very government that created it, is an obstacle to foreign commerce, augments the burdens that weigh on our mining industry, and is contrary to international treaties, without yielding any large return to the exchequer. As a war-tax, and therefore of a temporary character, it might have been justified, limiting it to merchandise exported under the Spanish flag by national producers; but in that case it would have acted adversely to our industry and our mercantile navy for the benefit of those of other countries.

The tax having been already reduced, and its collection not having yet been enforced in the custom-houses, the moment has come for its final suppression.

The government of the republic, in a council of ministers, and on the showing of the minister of finance, decrees the following:

Sole Article.—The temporary and extraordinary war-impost, denominated that of “carga y policia naval,” is hereby suppressed.

The President of the executive power of the republic,

The Minister of Finance,
José Echegaray.