June 7, 1956


72e, from 15 per cent to 7) per cent; the seasonal duty on lettuce was reduced from 1 cent per pound to 85 cents per pound; tomato paste, item 89 ex. (c), from 2 cents per pound to 1) cents per pound; eviscerated turkeys item ex. 9, from 12) per cent to 12) per cent but not less than 5 cents per pound and not more than 10 cents per pound; cigar tobacco unstemmed, item 142(b) ex. (i), from 15 cents per pound to 12) cents per pound, and cigar tobacco stemmed, item 142(b) ex. (ii), from 22) cents per pound to 20 cents per pound. The most favoured nation rate on cobalt metal, item ex. 208t and ex. 711, was reduced from 20 per cent to 10 per cent; on copper beryllium alloys, dutiable under various items, were reduced to 7) per cent; manufacturers of lead, item 339, from 27) per cent to 25 per cent; coin locks of bronze, item 352c, from 35 per cent to 30 per cent; retarder for plaster, classified under item ex. 220a and item ex. 711, from 20 per cent to 10 per cent; rough building stone, item 305, from 12) per cent to 10 per cent. The most favoured nation rate of fire engines, item 424, was reduced from 22) per cent to 20 per cent; fish hooks for non-commercial fishing, item ex. 440j, from 15 per cent to 10 per cent; open pleasure boats, item ex. 440a, from 25 per cent to 20 per cent; guns and rifles of a class or kind not made in Canada, item 441e, from 10 per cent to 7) per cent; cameras of a class or kind not made in Canada, item 462(ii) (a), from 17) per cent to 15 per cent; slide projectors, item 463, from 20 per cent to 15 per cent; spectacle frames, item 328, from 17) per cent to 15 per cent; cigars valued at more than $6 per pound, item ex. 143, from $1.75 per pound plus 15 per cent to $1.50 per pound plus 10 per cent; beer in casks, item 146, from 35 cents per gallon to 15 cents per gallon and beer in bottles, item 147, from 50 cents per gallon to 15 cents per gallon. The most favoured nation rate on oysters, prepared or preserved, item 123 ex. (c) was reduced from 22) per cent to 15 per cent; oysters shelled and frozen, item ex. 133, from 17) per cent to free; shelled oysters in bulk and in cans, items 124, 125, 126 and 127, from various rates to free. Shrimps, presently dutiable at various rates, reduced to 10 per cent. The most favoured nation rate on cash registers, item ex. 519(a)(2) was reduced from 25 per cent to 22) per cent; cash register parts, item 519b, from 15 per cent to 12) per cent; adding machines, item 414d, from 17J per cent to 15 per cent; adding machine parts, item 414e, from 15 per cent to 12J per cent. Since GATT negotiations relate only to the most favoured nation tariff, there was no occasion to negotiate rates of duty under the British preferential tariff. Of course some margins of preference in the Canadian tariff GATT-Tariff Revisions as well as in the tariffs of other commonwealth countries were reduced in the course of negotiations with non-commonwealth countries. Of the items in which Canada reduced margins of preference those which covered the largest volume of trade were orange juice, electrical precision apparatus and textile machinery. The great bulk of Canadian imports of these products in 1955 were from non-commonwealth sources.



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June 7, 1956