REPORTS FROM THE CONSULS OF THE UNITED STATES IN ANSWER TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
At the request of a Massachusetts firm, a Department instruction was sent, under date of January 16, 1902, to the consular officers of the United States, directing them to report in regard to the trade in foreign countries in silverware and plated ware, and especially as to the possible market for articles of American manufacture. Special information was asked as to the consumption of such goods in the respective consular districts; the extent of local manufacture; the importation from foreign countries as well as from the United States; the tariff on silver and plated goods; the obstacles to the extension of American trade in this line, if any existed; the proper methods of packing, etc.
The answers follow:
I am officially informed that it is impossible to say just what the consumption of silver and plated ware in this colony is. It is, approximately speaking, about £35,000 ($168,328) per annum. Very little silver and plated ware is manufactured in the colony; so little, in fact, that no figures regarding the same can be obtained. The importation into the colony for the last year was valued at £36,812 ($179,145), £3,608 ($17,558) worth of which came from the United States. There is a 20 per cent ad valorem tariff on these goods.
L. A. BACHELDER, Vice-Consul
AUCKLAND, May 15, 1902
Source: Special Consular Reports - Silver and Plated Ware in Foreign Countries - Bureau of Foreign Commerce, Department of State - 1902