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The Future of the Trade in Colonial Raw Materials

    Naturevolume 100pages286287 (1917) | Download Citation

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    IT is now well known that before the war large quantities of raw materials produced in the British Colonies found their way in the first instance to Germany, where they were converted into manufactured products, of which considerable quantities were then exported from Germany to this country and other parts of the Empire. Most people are now of opinion that this indirect method of trading should not be resumed after the war, and that these intermediate processes of manufacture should be carried on in this country, or at least within the Empire. It has also become clear, especially in the last few months, that immediately after the war there will be great competition among all the manufacturing countries for supplies of raw materials, and probably most people in the Allied countries, who realise that the Allies effectively control the bulk of the world's supplies of such materials, are of opinion that the Allies should utilise this advantage to meet their own requirements first.

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