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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎7r] (22/544)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (268 folios). It was created in 1910-1912. 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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[This Document is the Property of His Bri tannic Majesty’s
Section 3.
No. 1.
Sir G. Lowther to Sir Edward Grey.—(Received June 17.)
Constantino'ple, June 8, 1912.
(No. 488.)
WITH reference to your despatch. No. 226 of the 28th May last, I have the honour
to forward herewith a memorandum from the commercial attache to this embassy
reporting on the present negotiations between the customs and the Bagdad Railway
authorities as to construction, &c., of new premises at Bagdad.
I have, &c.
Enclosure in No. 1.
Memorandum by Mr. Weakley respecting Bagdad Customs.
[Foreign Office despatch No. 226 of the 28th May, 1912, transmitting letter from
the Board of Trade of the 24th May, 1912.]
1ROM enquiries made at the customs, it would appear that, beyond an exchange t
of views between the department and M. Hugenin, the director-general of the Anatolian
and Bagdad Railways, no attempt has yet been made to enter into serious negotiations
relative to the construction of the new customs premises and warehouses at Bagdad.
The railway company have arranged to prepare plans of the proposed buildings, and,
until these have been submitted to and examined by the administration, no further
steps are likely to be taken for the present. 1
It is not possible therefore, at the present moment, to define the basis on which
negotiations will take place ; 1 understand, however, that the customs are disposed to
agree to hand over all the warehousing of goods—goods for local consumption as well
as those in transit—to the railway company, in accordance with the stipulations of
articles 23 and 24 of the Bagdad Railway Convention of the 5th March, 1903, but on
the condition—
1. That goods intended for Bagdad are transponed across the river to the town
side by the railway company free of charge.
2. That goods shall enjoy free warehousing for the first eight days after landing
and storing.
3. That storage dues shall only be levied after that period.
4. That the “ ardieh,” or progressive warehousing charge levied in customs depots,
shall be abolished as far as Bagdad is concerned.
The railway company apparently claim their right under article 24 of the
convention, to erect and maintain bonded warehouses on any section of the railway ;
the question seems to be a debatable one, and turns on the interpretation of the
Turkish text of the article. This matter will be gone into, as well as the question of
the building of the new customs offices, the expense of which will presumably be
borne by the administration.
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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, newspaper cuttings, maps and notes, relating to negotiations over the proposed Berlin to Baghdad Railway in the period 1910-1912.

The discussion in the volume relates to the economic, commercial, political and military considerations impinging on British strategy for the international negotiations over the development of a railway to Baghdad.

Further discussion surrounds the motivations and strategies of British competitors in the area; included in the volume is a copy of the Russo-German agreement.

The principal correspondents in the volume include Sir Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Sir Gerard Augustus Lowther, Ambassador to Constantinople.

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1 volume (268 folios)

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

The subject 2764 (Bagdad Railway) consists of five volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/56-60. The volumes are divided into five parts with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 269; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out. Pagination: a pagination sequence in red crayon is present between ff 244-252.

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