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Open Access Chapter XVIII: The end of Dutch international shipping and trade

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Chapter XVIII: The end of Dutch international shipping and trade

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Until the end of 1917 the American hinderance of Dutch shipping had been confined to transatlantic shipping. Sea traffic between the Netherlands Indies and the United States had been left unhindered. In January 1918 this changed. In June, Batavia faced as it was with the plummeting of the price of sugar decided to intervene in the sugar trade. To counter the steps taken in Batavia, the sugar companies in Holland founded their own organization to regulate trade, the Vereenigde Java Suiker Producenten, in August 1918. When he left the Netherlands Indies in July 1928, Emil Helfferich was still complaining about the negative consequences of this and similar organizations in Holland for the spirit of enterprise in the estate sector in the Netherlands Indies. Batavia and the business community in the Netherlands Indies had discovered the proper instrument to regulate trade and fix prices.

Keywords: Dutch international shipping; Netherlands Indies; sugar trade



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