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and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, that from and after the passing of this Act the same shall come into and be and continue in full force for all the purposes therein mentioned, except where any other commencement is herein particularly directed.
II. And be it enacted, that no goods shall be imported into, nor shall any goods, except the produce of the fisheries in British ships, be exported from any of the British possessions in America by sea from or to any place other than the United Kingdom or some other of such possessions, except into or from the several ports in such possessions, called “ Free Ports,” enumerated or described in the table following (that is to say);
TABLE OF FREE PORTS. Kingston,
Nassau, New Providence, Old Harbour,
Grand Key, Turk's Island, Savanna la Mer,
Pitt's Town, Crooked Island, Black River,
Any port where there is a Montego Bay,
Custom-House, St. Lucia,
Ports St. George's and Hamilton, Falmouth,
Jamaica. Rio Bueno,
Quebec, Canada. St. Ann's,
Halifax, Port Maria,
Pictou, Annotto Bay,
Liverpool, Port Antonio,
Yarmouth, Morant Bay,
Lunenberg, Port Morant,
Nova Bridgetown, Barbadoes.
Scotia. St. John's, Antigua.
Windsor, Plymouth, Montserrat.
Parrsboro', Basseterre, St. Kitt's.
Cumberland, Anguilla, Anguilla.
New Edinburgh, Charlestown, Nevis.
Arichat, Road Harbour, Tortola.
Sydney, Cape Breton, Castries, St. Lucia.
Charlotte Town, Prince Edward's Roseau, Dominica.
George Town, } Island.
, Kingstown, St. Vincent.
St. John's, St. George's, Grenada.
Miramichi, Port of Spain,
New St. Andrews,
Brunswick. Scarborough, Tobago.
Magaguadavic, George Town, Demerara, British Campo Bello, New Amsterdam, Berbice,/Guiana St. Johns,
Harbour Grace, } land. And if any goods shall be imported into any port or place in any of the said possessions contrary hereto, such goods shall be forfeited : provided always, that if Her Majesty shall deem it expedient to extend the provisions of this Act to any port or ports not enumerated in the
San Fernando, }Trinidad.
said table, it shall be lawful for Her Majesty, by Order'in Council, to extend the provisions of this Act to such port or ports; and from and after the day mentioned in such Order in Council all the privileges and advantages of this Act, and all the provisions, penalties, and forfeitures therein contained (subject nevertheless to the limitations and restrictions hereinafter provided) shall extend, and be deemed and construed to extend, to any such port or ports respectively as fully as if the same had been inserted and enumerated in the said table at the time of passing this Act; provided also, that nothing hereinbefore contained shall extend to prohibit the importation or exportation of goods into or from any ports or places in Newfoundland or Labrador in British ships : provided also, that it shall be lawful to import from the islands of Guernsey and Jersey in British ships into any port or place in the British possessions in North America, at or from whence the British fisheries in North America are carried on, any sort of craft, food, victuals (except spirits), and any sort of clothing and implements and materials fit and necessary for the said fisheries, although such port or place be not a free port.
III. And whereas there are in the said possessions many places situated in rivers and in bays at which it may be necessary to establish ports for particular and limited purposes only; be it therefore enacted, that it shall be lawful for Her Majesty, in any Order in Council made for the appointment of any free port, to limit and confine such appointments respectively to any and such purposes only as shall be expressed in such Order.
IV. And whereas by the law of navigation foreign ships are permitted to import into any of the British possessions in Asia, Africa, or America, from the countries to which they belong, goods the produce of those countries, and to export goods from such possessions to be carried to any foreign country whatever: and whereas it is expedient that such permission should be subject to certain conditions; be it therefore enacted, that the privileges thereby granted to foreign ships shall be limited to the ships of those countries which, having colonial possessions, shall grant the like privileges of trading with those possessions to British ships, or which, not having colonial possessions, shall place the commerce and navigation of this country, and of its possessions abroad, upon the footing of the most favoured nation, unless Her Majesty, by her Order in Council, shall in any case deem it expedient to grant the whole or any of such privi. leges to the ships of any foreign country, although the conditions aforesaid shall not in all respects be fulfilled by such foreign country: provided always, that no foreign country shall be deemed to have fulfilled the before-mentioned conditions, or to be entitled to the privileges aforesaid, unless and until Her Majesty shall, by some Order or Orders by her made or to be made by the advice of her
Privy Council, have declared that such foreign country hath so fulfilled the said conditions, and is entitled to the said privileges.
V. And be it enacted, that nothing contained in this Act, or any other Act passed in the present session of Parliament, shall extend to repeal or in any way alter or affect an Act, passed in the 4th year of the reign of His late Majesty King George IV, [c. 77,] intitutled “ An Act to authorize His Majesty, under certain circumstances, to regulate the duties and drawbacks on goods imported or exported in foreign vessels, and to exempt certain foreign vessels from pilotage,” nor to repeal or in any way alter or affect an Act passed in the 5th year of the reign of His said late Majesty, (c. 50,) among other things, to amend the last-mentioned Act; and that all trade and intercourse between the British possessions and all foreign countries shall be subject to the powers granted to His said late Majesty by those Acts.
VI. And be it enacted, that the several sorts of goods enumerated or described in the table following, denominated “A Table of Prohi. bitions and Restrictions,” are hereby prohibited to be imported or brought, either by sea or by inland carriage or navigation into the British possessions in America or the Mauritius, or shall be so imported or brought only under the restrictions mentioned in such table, according as the several sorts of such goods are set forth therein (that is to say);
A TABLE OF PROHIBITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS.
(Prohibited to be imported, except from the United Kingdom, or
from some other British possessions. ] Coffee ..
Being the produce or manufacture of any Sugar (not being refined British possession within the limits of
in bond in the United the East India Company's charter (exKingdom)
cept and subject as hereinafter is proMolasses
vided), or, being of foreign produce or Rum
manufacture. [Prohibited to be imported into any of the British possessions
on the continent of South America or in the West Indies (the Bahama and Bermuda Islands not included), or into the Mauritius, except to be warehoused for exportation only, and may also be prohibited to be imported into the Bahama or
Bermuda Islands by Her Majesty's Order in Council.] Base or counterfeit coin.
[Prohibited to be imported.] And if any goods shall be imported or brought into any of the British possessions in America or the Mauritius contrary to any of the probibitions or restrictions mentioned in such table in respect of such goods, the same shall be forfeited; and if the ship or vessel in which such goods shall be imported be of less burden than 60 tons, such ship or vessel shall also be forfeited.
VII. Provided always, and be it enacted, that it shall be lawful to import into any British possessions in the West Indies and South America, and into the Mauritius, any coffee the produce of any British posessions within the limits of the East India Company's charter, and also any sugar the produce of any British possession within the limits of the East India Company's charter, into which the importation of sugar the produce of any foreign country, or of any British possession into which foreign sugar may be legally imported, has been prohibited, and also any rum the produce of any British possession within the limits of the East India Company's charter, into which the importation of rum the produce of any foreign country, or of any British possession into which foreign sugar or rum may be legally imported, has been prohibited : provided nevertheless, that no such coffee, sugar, or rum shall be entered in any British possession in the West Indies or South America, or in the Island of Mauritius, as being the produce of any British possession within the limits of the East India Company's charter, from which the same may be so legally imported, unless the master of the ship importing the same shall have delivered to the collector or principal officer of the Customs at the port of importation such certificate of origin as hereinafter is mentioned, under the band and seal of the proper officer at the place where the same shall have been taken on board; and such master shall also make and subscribe a declaration before the proper officer of the Customs that such certificate was received by him at the place where such coffee, sugar, or rum was taken on board, and that the coffee, sugar, or rum so imported is the same as is mentioned therein; and such certificate of origin shall, as regards coffee, certify that a declaration in writing had been made and signed before the officer giving such certificate, the contents of which he believed to be true, by the shipper of such coffee, that the same was really and bona fide the produce of some British possession ; and such certificate of origin shall, as respects sugar, state the name of the district in which such sugar was produced, the quantity and quality thereof, the number and denomination of the packages containing the same, and the name of the ship in which they were laden, and of the master thereof, and the officer giving the same; the shipper of such sugar shall likewise certify that there had been produced a certificate under the hand and seal of the collector or assistant col. lector of the Land or Customs Revenue of the district within which such sugar was produced, that such sugar was the produce of such district, and that the importation into such district of foreign sugar or sugar the growth of any British possession into which foreign sugar can be legally imported, is prohibited ; and such certificate of origin shall, as respects rum, state the name of the district in which such rum was produced, the quantity and strength thereof, the number and denomination of the packages containing the same, and the name of the ship in which they were laden, and of the master thereof, and shall also testify that there had been produced to the party giving such certificate, by the shipper of such rum, a certificate under the hand and seal of the collector or assistant collector of the Land or Customs Revenue of the district, within which such rum was produced, that the same was the production of such district.
VIII. And be it enacted, that all coffee, sugar, molasses, and rum (although the same may be of British plantations) exported from any of the British possessions in America, into which the like goods of foreign production can be legally imported, shall upon subsequent importation from thence into any of the British possessions in America or the Mauritius into which such goods, being of foreign production, cannot be legally imported, or into the United Kingdom, be deemed to be of foreign production, and shall be liable on such importation respectively, to the same duties or the same forfeitures as articles of the like description, being of foreign production, would be liable to, unless the same shall have been warehoused, under the provisions of this Act, and exported from the warehouse direct to such other British possession, or to the United Kingdom, as the case may be.
IX. And be it enacted, that any books wherein the copyright shall be subsisting, first composed or written or printed in the United Kingdom, and printed or reprinted in any other country, shall be and are hereby absolutely prohibited to be imported into the British possesssions abroad: provided always, that no such books shall be prohibited to be imported as aforesaid unless the proprietor of such copyright, or his agent, shall have given notice in writing to the Commissioners of Customs that such copyright subsists, and in such notice shall have stated when the copyright will expire; and the said Commissioners shall cause to be made, and to be publicly exposed at the several ports in the British posessions abroad, from time to time, printed lists of books respecting which such notice shall have been duly given, and all books imported contrary thereto shall be forfeited.
X. And be it enacted. that if any aricles of foreign manufacture, and any packages of such articles bearing any names, brands, or marks of manufacturers resident in the United Kingdom, shall be imported into any of the British possessions abroad, the same shall be forfeited.
XI. And be it enacted, that there shall be raised, levied, collected, and paid unto Her Majesty the several duties of Customs, as