These are the gift of Art, and Art thrives most
Where commerce has enrich'd the busy coast;
He catches all improvement in his flight,
Spreads foreign wonders in his country's sight,
Imports what others have invented well,
And stirs his own to match them, or excel,
'Tis thus reciprocating, each with each,
Alternately the nations learn and teach;
While PROVIDENCE enjoins to ev'ry soul
An union with the vast terraqueous whole.-Couper.

GIBRALTAR. MALTA, AND HELIGOLAND. All manufactures of Gibraltar, Malta, and Heligoland, made of materials of foreign produce, liable to duty upon importation into the United Kingdom, upon which no such duty has been paid, or upon which drawback of such duty has been allowed in the United Kingdom, shall, for the purposes of duty, be deemed to be the produce of and imported from a foreign country. 16 & 17 Vict. c. 106, § 2. (Aug.20, 1853.]

Import and Warehousing.-It shall be lawful to import into the United Kingdom any goods which are not by this or any law in force at the time of importation thereof prohibited to be so imported, and to warehouse under the laws in force for the warehousing of goods, except as hereinafter provided, in warehouses duly approved for the warehousing of goods without payment of duty on the first entry thereof, any goods subject to duties of customs the importation and warehousing whereof is not prohibited by any law in force at the time of such importation ; provided, that the duties on the following goods, and on such other goods as the Commissioners of the Treasury may from time direct, shall be paid on the first importation thereof, and such goods shall not be warehoused either for home consumption or exportation ; viz., corn, grain, meal, and flour, and wood goods from British possessions. 16 & 17 Vict. c. 107, § 41. (Aug. 20, 1853.]

Time.-If, upon the first levying or repealing of any duty, or the first permitting or prohibiting of any importation, or at any other time, or for any of the purposes of this or any act relating to the customs, it shall become necessary to determine the precise time at which an importation of any goods shall be deemed to have had effect, such time shall be deemed to be the time at which the ship importing such goods had actually come within the limits of the port at which such ship shall in due course be reported and such goods be discharged ; and if any question arise upon the arrival of any ship in respect of any charge or allowance upon such ship, exclusive of cargo, the time of such arrival shall be deemed to be the time at which the report of such ship shall have been or ought to have been made. § 42.

What Importation direct.-No goods shall be deemed to be imported from any particular place unless they be imported direct from such place, and shall have been there laden on board the importing ship, either as the first shipment of such goods, or after the same shall have been actually landed at such place. § 43.

PROHIBITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS. If any goods enumerated in the following Table of Prohibitions and Restrictions as “goods absolutely prohibited to be imported” be imported into the United Kingdom, or if any goods enumerated in such Table as “goods prohibited to be imported except in transit, and subject to such regulations as the commissioners of the treasury may direct, and duly reported as goods in transit accordingly," be imported into the United Kingdom, except in transit, in accordance with such regulations, and so reported, or if any goods enumerated in such Table as “ goods subject to certain restrictions on importation” be imported into the United Kingdom contrary to the prohibitions or restrictions contained in such Table in respect thereof, then such goods shall be forfeited, and shall be destroyed or otherwise disposed of as the commissioners of customs may direct.




Books wherein the copyright shall be first subsisting, first composed or written

or printed, in the United Kingdom, and printed or reprinted in any other country, as to which the proprietor of such copyright or his agent shall have given to the commissioners of customs a notice in writing that such copy

right subsists, such notice also stating when such copyright will expire. Coin, viz.-False money or counterfeit sterling. Coin, silver, of the realm, or any money purporting to be such, not being of

the established standard in weight or fineness. Extracts, essences, or other concentrations of coffee, chicory, tea, or tobacco,

or any admixture of the same. Malt. Indecent or obscene prints, paintings, books, cards, lithographic or other

engravings, or any other indecent or obscene articles.
Snuff work.
Tobacco stalks stripped from the leaf, whether manufactured or not.
Tobacco stalk flour.



MAY DIRECT, AND DULY REPORTED AS GOODS IN TRANSIT ACCORDINGLY. Articles of foreign manufacture and any packages of such articles bearing any names, brands, or marks, being or purporting to be the names, brands, or

marks of manufacturers resident in the United Kingdom. Clocks and watches of any metal impressed with any mark or stamp appearing

to be or to represent any legal British assay, mark or stamp, or purporting by any mark or appearance to be of the manufacture of the United

Kingdom. Parts of articles; viz., any distinct or separate part of any article not accom

panied by the other part or all the other parts of such article so as to be complete and perfect, if such article be subject to duty according to the value thereof.



Infected cattle, sheep, or other animals, and hides, sking, horns, hoofs, or any

other part of cattle or other animals, which Her Majesty may, by order in

council, prohibit in order to prevent any contagious distemper. Silk, manufactures of silk, being the manufactures of Europe, unless into the

ports of London, Liverpool, Hull, Southampton, Leith, or Dublin, or ports appointed by the commissioners of customs, or into the ports of Dover or Folkestone direct from Calais or Boulogne, and unless in ships of 50 tons

burden or upwards. Spirits (not being perfumed or medicinal spirits), unless in ships of 50 tons burden at least, and in casks or other vessels capable of containing liquids, each of such casks or other vessels being of the size or content of 20 gallons at the least, and duly reported, or in glass bottles or stone bottles not exceeding the size of 3-pint bottles, and being really part of the cargo of the

importing ship, and duly reported. Tobacco and snuff from the East Indies, and tobacco from the Turkish domi

nions, including Egypt, unless imported direct from any of those places in packages containing not less than 100 lb. net weight each. Negrohead tobacco, and also snuff being the produce of the United States of

America, unless in bogsheads, casks, chests, or cases containing not less than 2001b. net weight each, or unless imported direct from the said United States in packages containing not less than 150 lb. net weight

each. Tobacco from Malta, and tobacco the produce of Porto Rico, Mexico, South

America, St. Domingo, Cuba, the British Possessions in America, and the West Coast of Africa, unless in hogsheads, casks, chests, or cases containing not less than 200 lb. net weight each, or unless imported direct from those places or from the United States of America in packages containing not

less than 80 lb. net weight each. Tobacco and snuff, the produce of the Philippine Islands, unless in hogs

heads, casks, chests, or cases containing not less than 200 lb. pet weight each, or unless such tobacco or snuff be imported from Manilla direct, in

bales or packages containing not less taan 200 lb. net weight each. Tobacco or snuff of or from any other country or place not before enumerated,

unless in hogsheads, casks, chests, or cases containing not less than 200 lb.

net weight each. Cigars, unless in packages containing not less than 100 lb. net weight each. Cigarillos or cigarettos, unless in packages containing not less than 75 lbs. net

weight each. Tobacco, not being cigars, cigarillos, or cigarettos and snuff, separated or

divided in any manner within any package in which the same may by the foregoing Table be imported, except tobacco from the dominions of the Turkish empire, or from Egypt, in outer packages containing not less than

100 lb. net weight each. Tobacco, snuff, cigars, cigarillos, or cigarettos of any kind, or from any country

or place whatever, whether herein before enumerated as especially restricted or not, unless in ships of not less than 120 tons burden, and imported into such ports only as are or may be approved of by the Commissioners of Customs. 16 & 17 Vict. c. 107. (Aug. 20, 1853.]

ARMS, ETC. The importation of arms, ammunition, gunpowder, or any other goods may be prohibited by proclamation or order in council. Š 45.

By T. O., August 17, 1853, when goods are imported from abroad with the marks of English firms upon them, and when it can be shown that the firms whose marks they bear, are the owners and importers of such goods, the same may be permitted to be cleared in the usual way, but when goods are so imported with such marks by other persons, in that case the practice hitherto pursued of stopping such goods be continued.

Goods Concealed— Baggage.--If any package or parcel shall have been landed by or in pursuance of any entry, and any goods or other things be found in such package or parcel concealed in any way or packed to deceive the officers, such package or parcel and all the contents thereof shall be forfeited ; and if any goods be taken or delivered out of any ship or out of any warehouse, not having been duly entered, the sanie shall be forfeited : provided that no entry shall be required in respect of the baggage of passengers, which may be examined, landed, and delivered under such regulations as the Commissioners of Customs may direct, but if prohibited or uncustomed goods be found concealed therein either before or after landing, the same shall be forfeited, together with the other contents of the package containing the same. 16 & 17 Vict. c. 107, § 69. [August 20, 1853.]

The metage dues now payable upon fruit imported into the port of London shall not be increased in consequence of the duties upon such fruit being levied by the bushel. 16 & 17 Vict. c. 106, § 7. [August 20, 1853).




No claim for any abatement of duty in respect of any goods imported into the United Kingdom shall be allowed on account of damage, unless such claim be made on the first examination thereof, and in such manner as the commissioners of customs shall direct, nor unless it be proved to the satisfaction of the Commissioners or their officers that such damage was sustained after such goods had been shipped in the importing ship and before the landing thereof in the United Kingdom ; and all goods derelict, jetsam, flotsam, and wreck brought or coming into the United Kingdom, and all droits of admiralty sold in the United Kingdom, shall at all times be subject to the same duties as goods of the like kind on importation into the same part of the United Kingdom are subject to, unless it be shown to the satisfaction of the Commissioners of Customs that such goods are the growth, produce, manufacture of any country or place by virtue whereof the same may be entitled to be admitted at less than the foreign duty, or duty-free, or that the same, if liable to duty, are entitled to an abatement in respect of such damage ; and the damage sustained by such goods, whether so imported or derelict, jetsam, flotsam, or wreck, shall be assessed by the officers of customs, if competent thereto, but if not, or if the Commissioners of Customs or the collector or comptroller of the port into which the same shall be imported or brought shall entertain any doubt as to the amount of such damage, they may call upon two indifferent merchants to examine the goods and certify to what extent in their judgment the same are lessened in value by such damage, whereupon the officers of customs may make an abatement not exceeding three-fourths of the duty originally chargeable thereon, but on

allowance shall be made for damage on coculus Indicus, nux vomica, rice, Guinea grains, lemons, spirits, corn, grain, meal and flour, opium, sugar, cocoa, oranges, tea, coffee, pepper, tobacco, currants, raisins, wine, and figs. 16 & 17 Vict. c. 107, § 66. [August 20, 1853.]

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The Commissioners of Customs are hereby authorized, at any time within si.r. years after the over-payment of any duties, on its being proved to their satisfaction that the same were over-paid in error, to return such duties ; but no such return shall be made, nor any claim allowed, unless made and established within such period of six years. 16 & 17 Vict. c. 107, § 25. [August 20, 1853.]


The proper officer may permit any surplus stores, not being merchandise, nor by him deemed excessive, to be entered for private use subject to the same duties and regulations as the like sort of goods would be subject to on importation as merchandise, or permit the master, owner, purser, or other officer of any ship, or any passenger of such ship, to whom any surplus stores belong, to enter and warehouse such surplus stores for future use as ship’s stores, although the same could not be legally imported by way of merchandise. 16 & 17 Vict. c. 107, § 70. [August 20, 1853.]



All British goods re-imported into the United Kingdom shall be deemed and taken to be and be entered as foreign, and shall be liable to the same duties and regulations as such goods, if foreign, would be liable to on the first importation thereof, unless the same be re-imported within ten years after the exportation thereof, and it be proved to the satisfaction of the Commissioners of Customs that the property in such goods has continued and still remains in the person by whom or on whose account the same have been exported, in which case the same may be entered as British goods, by bill of store containing such particulars and in such manner as the Commissioners may direct. 16 & 17 Vict. c. 107, § 65.


The following goods shall, on re-importation be deemed to be foreign goods, namely, corn, grain, meal, flour, and hops, and also all goods for which any drawback of excise shall have been received on exportation, unless by special permission of the Commissioners, and on repayment of such drawback, and also all goods for which a bill of store cannot be issued in manner directed by the Commissioners, except remnants of British goods, with permission of the Commissioners. 16 & 17 Vict. c. 107, § 65. [August 20, 1853.]

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