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parting for every particular foreign country with which the United States have any considerable commerce; and, separately, the amount of such tonnage of vessels of the United States, and the amount of such tonnage of foreign vessels; and in such manner as to show the amount of the tonnage of all vessels arriving in the United States from foreign countries; and, separately, the amount of such tonnage of vessels of the United States, and the amount of such tonnage of foreign vessels; and also the foreign nations to which such foreign tonnage belongs, and the amount of such tonnage belonging to each foreign nation; and in such manner as also to show the amount of the tonnage of all vessels arriving from every particular foreign country with which the United States have any considerable commerce; and, separately, the amount of such tonnage of vessels of the United States, and the amount of such tonnage of foreign vessels.
Fifth. Such accounts shall comprehend and include, in tabular form, the quantity by weight or measure, as well as the amount of value, of the several articles of foreign commerce, whether dutiable or otherwise; and also a similar and separate statement of the commerce of the United States with the British Provinces, under the late so-called reciprocity treaty with Great Britain. The Secretary of Commerce shall make a report to Reports to Con
gress by SecreCongress on the first Monday of January in each year, tary.
Ř. S., 259. containing the results of the information collected during the preceding year, by the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, upon the condition of the * * *, -[manufactures), domestic trade, [currency, and banks] of the several States and Territories. In order to enable the Chief of the Bureau of Foreign : Regulations
01 TO 18" imposed on coland Domestic Commerce to prepare the annual report on lectors. the statistics of commerce and navigation required to be
R.S., 837. submitted to Congress by, the Secretary of Commerce, the following regulations shall be observed by all collectors of customs:
First. The kinds and quantities of all imported articles free from duty shall be ascertained by entry, made upon oath or affirmation, by the owner, or by the consignee or agent of the importer, or by actual examination, where the collector shall think such examination necessary; and the values of all such articles shall be ascertained in the same manner in which the values of imports subject to duties ad valorem are ascertained.
Second. The values of all imported articles subject to specific duties shall be ascertained in the manner in which the values of imports subject to duties ad valorem are ascertained.
Third. The several collectors shall keep separate accounts of the kinds, quantities, and values of such parts
1 These statistics are gathered and published by the Bureau of the Census. (See pp. 46, 56, 57.)
These statistics are gathered and published by the Comptroller of the Currency. (R. S., 333, and amendments.)
of the imports subject to duties ad valorem as may be directed by the Secretary of Commerce.
Fourth. All articles exported shall be valued at their actual cost, or the values which they may truly bear, at the time of exportation, in the ports of the United States from which they are exported; and all articles imported shall be valued at their actual cost, or the values which they may truly bear in the foreign ports from which they are exported for importation into the United States, at the time of such exportation.
Fifth. Before a clearance shall be granted for any vessel bound to a foreign place, the collector shall require the owners, shippers, or consignors of the cargo to deliver to the collector manifests of the cargo, or of the parts thereof shipped by them respectively, which manifests shall specify the kinds and quantities of the articles shipped by them respectively, and the value of the total quantity of each kind of articles; and state that such manifest contains a full, just, and true account of all articles laden on board of such vessel by the owners, shippers, or consignors, respectively, and that the values of such articles are truly stated, according to their actual cost, or the values which they truly bear at the port and time of exportation. And the collector shall also require the master of the vessel, and the owners, shippers, and consignors of the cargo, to state in writing, to the collector, the foreign place or country in which such cargo is truly intended to be landed. The manifests and statements hereby required shall be verified by the oath of the person by whom they are respectively made and subscribed.
Sixth. Every collector shall keep an accurate account of the national characters and tonnage of all vessels which depart from his district for foreign countries, and of the foreign places or countries for which such vessels depart; and, also, an accurate account of the national characters and tonnage of all vessels which enter his district from foreign countries, and of the foreign places or countries from which such vessels arrive.
Seventh. The several collectors shall make quarteryearly [monthly—see page 124] returns to the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce of all the facts and mat
ters which they are hereby required to ascertain. Returns by col: Hereafter collectors of customs shall render to the Bulectors of exports
reau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, in such manner sial., 197,00C.Mand form and at such periods as the Secretary of Com
Mar:8; 1893 (27 merce may prescribe, returns of exports to foreign Stat., 689).
countries leaving the United States by rail. Any person who shall hereafter deliver to any railway or transportation company or other common carrier commodities for transportation and exportation by rail from the United States to foreign countries, shall also deliver to the collector of customs at the frontier port through which the goods pass into the foreign country a manifest, in such form as the Secretary of Commerce may
prescribe, duly certified as to its accuracy by said
The annual report of the statistics of commerce and inCoasting trade navigation shall state the kinds, quantities, and value of R. S., 388. the merchandise entered and cleared coastwise into and from the collection districts of the United States.
It shall be the duty of the officer in charge of the Annual report Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce to gather, terstate com
merce, and quarcollate, and annually report to the Secretary of Commerce, terly reports. for transmission to Congress, statistics and facts relat- stall ing to commerce with foreign nations and among the several States, the railroad systems of this and other
of foreign and in
Mar. 3, 1876 (18
* As Congress has failed to provide an appropriation to carry out the purposes of this provision, its requirements are suspended until Congress sees fit to appropriate again for the work therein imposed.
countries, the construction and operation of railroads,
Monthly report of exports and imports.
ment of merchan
merce shall, under the direction of the Secretary of ComR.S., 339.
merce, prepare and publish monthly reports of the exports and imports of the United States, including the quantities and values of goods warehoused or withdrawn from warehouse, and such other statistics relative to the trade and industry of the country as the Secretary of Commerce may consider expedient. [See last clause
of paragraph above.] Annual state- The Chief of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Comdise by Bureau. merce shall prepare an annual statement of all merR. Š., 341.
chandise passing in transit through the United States to foreign countries, each description of merchandise, so far as practicable, warehoused, withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, for exportation, for transportation to other districts, and remaining in the warehouse
at the end of each fiscal year. Statistics of The Chief of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic ComR. S., 342. merce shall collect, digest, and arrange, for the use of Con
gress, the statistics of the manufactures ? of the United States, their localities, sources of raw material, markets, exchanges with the producing regions of the country, transportation of products, wages,' and such other condi
tions as are found to affect their prosperity. Annual report. The Secretary of Commerce shall cause the annual R.S., 263.
report on the statistics of commerce and navigation, required from the Chief of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, to be prepared and printed according to law, and to be submitted to Congress at as early a day in each regular session as practicable, and not later
than the first Monday in January. Forms of an. [The Secretary of Commerce) shall also prescribe the R. S., 251. forms of the annual statements to be submitted to Con
gress by him showing the actual state of commerce and
merce Commission. (Act of Feb. 4, 1887, as amended Mar. 2, 1889.)
DUTIES TRANSFERRED FROM STATE DEPARTMENT.
Bureau of For
Stat., 826), sec. f.
Reports of commercial information to Congress.
* * * That the Bureau of Foreign Commerce, now
Weign Commerce in the Department of State, be, and the same hereby is, transferred.
Feb. 14, 1903 (32 transferred to the Department of Commerce and con-statico solidated with and made a part of the Bureau of Statistics, hereinbefore transferred from the Department of the Treasury to the Department of Commerce, and the two shall constitute one bureau, to be called the Bureau of Statistics, with a chief of the bureau.
The Secretary of Commerce shall annually lay before me Congress:
A statement, in a compendious form, of all such * * * commercial information contained in the official publications of other governments, which he shall deem sufficiently important.
A synopsis of so much of the information which may have been communicated * * * by diplomatic and consular officers during the preceding year as he may deem valuable for public information; * * *
A statement of the lists of passengers arriving in the United States from foreign places, returned to him quarteryearly by the collectors of customs.
The Secretary of Commerce shall publish official noti- Publication, of fications, from time to time, of such commercial in- mation.
* by diplomatic and
na formation communicated * *
R. S., 211. consular officers, as he may deem important to the public interests, in such newspapers, not to exceed three in number, as he may select. Consuls and commercial agents of the United States in .. Commerciel re
turns from conforeign countries shall procure and transmit to the De-suls. partment of State [for the Department of Commerce] June 18,1888 (25 authentic commercial information respecting such coun- Slat., 186). tries, of such character and in such manner and form and at such times as the Department may from time to time prescribe.
It shall be the duty of consuls to make to the Secretary Statement of of State [for the Secretary of Commerce) a quarterly ports from constatement of exports from, and imports to, the different Jan. 27, 1879 (20 places to which they are accredited, giving, as near as Stat., 978). may be, the market price of the various articles of exports and imports, the duty and port charges, if any, on articles imported and exported, together with such general information as they may be able to obtain as to how, where, and through what channels a market may be opened for American products and manufactures. In addition to the duties now imposed by law, it shall be .Labor statisthe duty of consuls and commercial agents of the United States, annually, to procure and transmit to the Department of State, as far as practicable, information respecting the rate of wages paid for skilled and unskilled labor within their respective jurisdictions.
exports and im.
through may be one other