Foreign News: Tariff By Weight

After weeks of argument and revision, the new French tariff on automobiles framed by Minister of Commerce Pierre Etienne Flandin was approved last week by the Tariff Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, recommended for swift enactment. U. S. dealers studied it ruefully, admitted that "it might have been worse."

Instead of the present 45% ad valorem ("according to value") duty on foreign cars, the new French tariff is a tariff by weight. Foreign cars are divided into five classes, taxed as follows:

Cars weighing 1,100 kilograms or less— 8...

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