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Volume Two - The Era of Optimism, Investment & Development - Coal and coal export logistics . . .

1901 - Turning the clock back to May 1901, the imposition of an export tax upon coal caused a great deal of consternation at the dockside, the Custom Houses, as well as in the boardrooms of the coal shippers, etc. but in the satirical magazine Punch, King Coal complained : " What ! Ask me to subscribe a shilling : Why, they'll ruin me ! ! "

1901 - King Coal's reaction to the export duty imposed upon coal as Punch illustrated.

1901 - Cardiff and the Coal Tax - 'Our representative at the Docks, writing before 4 o'clock this afternoon, said : - There is now no further possibility of doubt that the Government authorities intend to impose a tax upon coal exported. It is a moot point, too, whether the new duty will not apply to the export of fuel, coke, and other similar products.

This afternoon the Customs authorities at Cardiff took steps to advise shipowners, brokers, and others interested in the loading of ships that they would not be allowed to proceed after midnight to-night in loading unless they gave a gurantee to pay such duty as the Government might impose upon their cargo or bunkers, such guarantee to hold good until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. After 10 o'clock to-morrow morning a regular form will be supplied for shippers to fill up. . . . ' - Cardiff Times [019] [361] 20th April 1901.

1901 - The imposition of duty upon the export of coal products as published within the Cardiff Times and the effect at the Docks which would have also included Newport, Barry as well as Penarth Dock and Tidal Harbour.

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