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'File 19/212 III (C 58) Bahrain Transhipment of Cargo' [‎75r] (162/420)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (209 folios). It was created in 2 Jan 1934-14 Mar 1935. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Visit of a Japanese ship fco Bahrain.
1. Karko Bunya of the firm of Haridas Janimal and Company
*of Bahrain has informed me that Messrs Rawji Jahawerchand and
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Company, the Agents of his firm in Karachi, in I larch contracted
with the Japanese Cotton Trading Company for the import into
Bahrain of 1000 tons of Rangoon rice, which had previously been
shipped to Japan, by a Japanese steamer. Under the terms of
this contract the monopoly for shipments of Japanese rice to
the port of Bahrain during the months of April, May and June
was given to the firm of Haridas Janimal and Company. The
Japanese steamer (S.S.N'ankana Maru) is due to reach Bahrain
in the middle of this month (May).
2. Recently the firm of Muhammad Marzuq, whose Agent in
Bahrain is 1 Abdul 'Aziz 'Ali Bassam, entered into negociations
with the Japanese Cotton Trading Company for the shipment of
1000 tons of rice direct to Qatif on the mainland. Messrs
Rawji Jahawerchand objected on the ground that all trade for
Qatif went through Bahrain and that they had the monopoly for
Bahrain, without accepting this contention, the Japanese
Cotton Trading Company agreed to let them take over this second
shipment of 1000 tons. 'This shipment will come by a second
Japanese steamer.
3. Messrs Rawji Jahawerchand have already paid Rs.10,000/-
for this rice and have agreed to pay the balance due within
a week of receiving the shipping documents in Karachi.
4. It is learned that these Japanese ships are capable of
carrying 6000 tons of rice or more and that they have shipments
for other ports (no definite information available) in the Gulf.
It is unlikely that Muhammad Marzuq will consider himself
bound (even if the agreement could be held to cover later
shipments) by the agreement reached with Captain Prior in
October 1932 that he would not ship direct to mainland ports,
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This file contains correspondence between British officials regarding Bahrain's transit dues. The correspondence discusses negotiations with Saudi Arabia concerning transit fees and trade with Bahrain and the likelihood and possible impact (upon Bahrain) of the Saudi Arabian Government developing Ras Tanura as a rival trading port. Correspondence concerning the convening of a conference about these issues in Bahrain (attended by a Saudi delegation) is also contained in the file, as is information regarding trading activities of the Japanese in the region.

A rough sketch map of a building at Ras Tanura is contained on folio 81.

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1 volume (209 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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Originally a bound correspondence volume, the file's pages have been unbound and are now loose.

The foliation system commences at the title page and continues through to the 3rd folio from the back of the volume; these numbers are written in pencil, circled and can be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

Foliation errors: 1A and 1B; 54A and 54B.

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