|Memo from the Acting Governor General of Sudan on the effects of sanctions on trade with Italy, October 1936|
|(Catalogue ref: T 160/678)|
(c) The prohibition of credit to Italy was responsible for the marked reduction in exports, of which the main items in the past have been ginned cotton, gum, dom nuts and sesame. Exporters however have had no difficulty in finding substitute markets elsewhere and the loss of the Italian market has not caused any undue hardship. It is of interest to note that, presumably in anticipation of sanctions, there was in the first eleven months of 1935 a marked increase in the Italian demand for gum and cotton.
(d) The prospect of hostilities early in 1935 gave rise to a vigorous export trade with Eritrea which grew with mushroom-like rapidity as the Italian authorities realized the value of easily accessible supplies of foodstuffs and transport animals in the Sudan and the advantages of the Sudan route for the import of wheat flour, cotton piece goods, motor cars and coffee. With the exception of transport animals whose export was prohibited under the Ordinance this trade has been well maintained.
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