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'File 27/1 Koweit Trade Reports' [‎37r] (78/522)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (257 folios). It was created in 3 Aug 1912-27 Dec 1918. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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same country,as is not unreasonable in a cul-de-sac like the
Gulf,these intermediate operations are,to all intents and
purposes,of the "coasting” order and, under paragraph 5 of
the circular, are rightly excluded. In other words, the small
amounts of cargo shipped between Kuwait and Basrah, Bushire
and Lingah, Bandar Abbas and Muhammarah are to be ignored
for purposes of tonnage and shipping returns; the point being
that 10 carboys of vinegar,50 bags of henna ,20 tins of ghee,
5 bundles matting etc. do not justify 1500 - 2000 tons being
added to the tonnage of the port, and are properly coastal
cargo. We wish to get rid of the system of double entry,v/hich
appeared in the returns of some ports, get all the Gulf ports
to calculate on the same system,and at the same time conform
to Board of Trade rules regarding vessels "in ballast" and
"coasting trade”, and the Circular was issued to explain the
method. The "prohibitory clauses",as you call them,have,I
think,been misread by you.
You probably refer to this:-
"( TO BE EXCLUDED FROM THE RETURN.) But if the last port of
call(in either case referred to) is within the Gulf,such
vessels should be entirely excluded from the return of en-
This refers to vessels "arriving in ballast" at Kuwait
(i.e.without cargo for Kuwait) from^say,Bushire: and by the
Foreign Office Circular,ships in ballast count from the last
port touched at, not from the original p ort of departure,as
in the case of ships with cargo. It also refers to vessels
bound up Gulf taking away cargo for ports inside the Gulf,
e.P-;. S.S.Barjora taking in cargo at Kuwait on the upward
voyage for Muhammarah or Lingah etc. According to the
Residents instructions,you would not ,in thegttwo examples,
show the vessel^ as "entered in ballast from Bushire," or
wxuxx /. fy/fi x ux- muxxaimuax-axx, but you WO Uld exclude

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This volume primarily concerns the preparation and submission of annual trade reports. Most of the volume consists of copies of trade reports for Kuwait (for each financial year from 1912-1913 up to and including 1916-1917), which are submitted by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Kuwait (Captain William Henry Irvine Shakespear; Lieutenant-Colonel William George Grey; Major Robert Edward Archibald Hamilton). Imports include arms and ammunition, rice, specie [coins], and sugar; exports include pearls, specie and tea. Each report records the total value (initially in rupees but later in sterling) of the trade for the year and discusses in detail the increase and decrease in trade of specific goods. Further items of discussion in later reports include public health, shipping and navigation, and transport.

Each report also includes in its tables of statistics the corresponding data (i.e. quantities and values of goods) for the two preceding financial years, as well as the countries from/to which the principal articles were imported/exported. The rear of the volume contains some trade statistics for the financial year of 1917-1918.

In addition to trade reports, the volume includes correspondence between the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and the British Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire regarding occurrences of 'double entry' in the shipping returns of Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ports. The Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. is instructed to include in his returns only those vessels that either bring cargo to Kuwait from outside the Gulf or depart with cargo taken from Kuwait which is destined for somewhere outside the Gulf.

Also included are the following:

The Arabic material in this volume consists of three items of correspondence.

Extent and format
1 volume (257 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 259; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located 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. Additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 3-258; these numbers are also written in pencil, are sometimes crossed out, but are not circled. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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