Chambre de Commerce de Kayes, "Procès Verbal de la
Réunion du 19 August 1939"
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This is the report of a meeting in Kayes to discuss business conditions.
(p2) There was competition from Spanish salt shipped via river to Kayes, and a proposal to create special railroad tariffs to favor salt from Sine-Saloum (Senegal coast). Despite the added cost of transportation and customs duties, Spanish salt was cheaper and of higher quality than salt from Sine-Saloum. The Chambre de Commerce opposed special rates to protect Senegalese salt production, and instead suggested that Sine- Saloum improve its quality and lower its prices.
(p3) The railroad had already offered a 10% reduction on cattle shipments from Kayes in 5-boxcar loads, but the Chambre de Commerce didn't think the Kayes market was big enough to ship that many cattle at once. They asked for the reduction on single boxcar loads.
(p4) The cheminots had asked for an across-the-board reduction in consumer prices of 10%. The Chambre de Commerce thought this was impossible since their profit margin was less than 10% in many cases. They offered some examples of prices, such as wine for 2.75 francs/liter, sugar for 2.50 francs/kilogram, and bread for 1.35 francs/kilogram. When the Senegal River began to rise (in the near future), and ships began to arrive at Kayes, prices would drop.
(p5) The Chambre de Commerce protested the abrupt introduction of the new customs tarif by the Decrèt du 25 Juin 1935.
(p6-12) This section was entitled "État des produits transportés par le chemin de fer pendant le 2ième trimestre 1935" and gives information for 29 railroad stations and 23 commodities. This table contains an extract of this section that lists the goods carried on the railroad and shows that amounts that moved in and out of Koulikoro.
|Item||From Koulikoro to other railroad stations||From Koulikoro to the coast||Total delivered by rail to all stations||Total delivered by rail to the coast|
|Other (materiaux et divers)||437,080||23,910||603,760||34,810|
(p11) This page contains a list entitled "État des importations et exportations effectuées par le Bureau de Douances à Kayes pendant la 2ième trimestre. Importations" which provides details about the goods that were imported to Kayes from Europe. The following table summarizes the data.
|Item||Quantity||Local value in francs|
|Wheat flour||97,200 kilograms||63,180|
|Sea buscuits||170 kilograms||324|
|Refined sugar||84,950 kilograms||91,202|
|Other tobacco products||23 kilograms||808|
|Construction lumber||4,506 kilograms||1,802|
|Wine in barrels||16,546 liters||41,778|
|vins de liqueurs||425 liters||5,704|
|Carbonated drinks||1,440 liters||3,782|
|Spirits (eau de vie)||13 liters||676|
|Liquor (liqueurs)||497 liters||7,156|
|Mineral water||849 liters||3,124|
|Gasoline and other refined fuel (essence)||31,621 kilograms||35,400|
|Heavy oils||6,286 kilograms||7,489|
|Corrugated metal sheets||2,400 kilograms||3,428|
|Sea salt||52,362 kilograms||5,873|
|Desert salt||8,000 kilograms||800|
This report also lists other imported products including various types of cotton threads, cloth, metal objects, a truck (camion-auto), tires and tubes, and "other."