FOREIGN TRADE: Rubber & Spices

Within weeks, perhaps within days, foreign traders will know the answer to a question they have mulled for three and a half years: how long would it take after war's end for raw materials from the Orient to reach the U.S.? Some guesses last week:

Rubber. Plenty of natural rubber is expected to reach the U.S. before long. Rubber producers believe they will find upwards of 200,000 tons of crude rubber ready for shipment when they return to their plantations. One reason: it would have been physically impossible for the Japs to trudge through the thousands of square miles of...

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