The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 56
Free Trade. What it Does for England And How it Does It. — Leaflet No X
Free Trade. What it Does for England And How it Does It.
Leaflet No X.
England is the only great nation which has abolished Protectionist tariffs, and has established a system of Free Imports.
Thereby she has become the greatest trading nation in the world.
She possesses more than one half of the effective ocean tonnage of the world.
No other nation approaches her in the volume and money value of her foreign commerce.
|In 1882 * her total foreign commerce amounted to||£719,000,000|
|That of France to||335,000,000|
|That of Germany to||316,000,000|
|That of the United States to||303,000,000|
Reckoning per head of population
|The United States||5||8||0|
England's food and her materials being untaxed, page break while those of Protectionist nations are taxed, she is able to manufacture more cheaply than they can, and to undersell them in the markets of the world.
In the protected market of The United States England undersells France and Germany, and does! more trade with them than either of these countries.
|In 1882 the United States imported from Great Britain goods to the value of||£39,000,000|
|Ditto from France||17,600,000|
|Ditto from Germany||11,200,000|
In the protected market of France England has a similar advantage.
|In 1882 France imported from Great Britain goods to the value of||£29,758,000|
|Ditto from Germany||19,000,000|
|Dittto from the United States,||15,600,000|
In the protected market of Germany there is the same result.
|In 1882 Germany imported from Great Britain goods to the value of||£30,500,000|
|Ditto from France||13,552,000|
|Ditto from the United States||10,558,000|
In neutral markets England beats all other nations hollow.
This is owing to her system of Free Imports.
When Fair Traders say that her goods are excluded from the world's markets by Protectionist tariffs they state that which is absurdly untrue. The fact is that these tariffs protect and foster British trade, and will continue to do so until they are abolished.
George W. Medley.
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* The latest available date for comparison.