Chargé Coolidge to the Secretary of State.
Peking , March 9, 1905 .
Sir: Referring to legation dispatch No. 1609 of May 17, 1904a with regard to the opening by China herself of Chinanfu, the capital of Shantung, to foreign trade, I have the honor to inclose a copy of a note from the foreign office announcing the conditions governing the creation and regulation of the new port.
The point of chief interest is, that the city of Chinanfu is not to be opened itself; consequently, merchandise from the port to the city must be shipped with a transit pass or pay the native customs, octroi, and likin dues. The question of the payment of such dues on goods passing from the foreign settlement to the walled town has never been clearly decided in some of the ports opened by treaties.
Another point to be noted is that the establishment of customhouses is temporarily postponed with a view to encourage trade.
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