Story: Overseas trade policy

Syrup of figs

Syrup of figs

Advertisements for US products, such as this natural laxative for children, appeared in New Zealand magazines in the 1940s, yet few American products were imported. The US was the largest trading country in the world at this time, and was critical of preferential trade blocks, such as that between Britain and its empire. New Zealand’s preferential arrangements with Britain meant that trade with the United States was relatively minor.

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Reference: The Mirror, March 1940, p. 55 (S-L 1027-55)

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Chris Nixon and John Yeabsley, 'Overseas trade policy - Depression and war', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Chris Nixon and John Yeabsley, published 11 Mar 2010