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Full referenceThe Luxury Tariff (1925)
TypeJournal article
TitleThe Luxury Tariff
JournalNorth China Herald and Supreme Court & Consular Gazette
Start page377
End page378
Keywordsluxury; commodities; classification; taxonomy; naturalist; silk; piece goods; food; rubber; electrical; tariff; protectionism; import; chamber of commerce; Beijing; China; American; British; Japanese

Criticizes the classification of luxury commodities newly established by the Tariff Commission. Mocks the "peculiar mentality of thoese responsible for this compilation" - especially the inclusion of rubber or electrical material. Suspects that the main goal is to establish a protective tariff to impede foreign imports and foster domestic industries. Expresses doubts as to the possibility of applying this tariff.


North China Herald and Supreme Court & Consular Gazette, November 28, 1925, p.377-378

Questions the very notion of luxury and its multiple, conflicting meanings at the time


  • Tariff Commission (Tariff Revision Conference, Beijing, aimed to abolish the unequal treaties, hold November 1925)
  • American Chamber of commerce
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