China, Delli, and Sirdang, are the principal pepper ports; but small quantities have been also exported lately from Perchoot, Padang, Tanjong, Silow, and Assahan.
It may be useful to give a hasty sketch of the nature of the trade conducted at these principal ports, and to subjoin a schedule of the duties, and c., beginning with
Langkat.a Pepper is the grand staple of Langkat, but there are many other valuable articles of produce exported from thence, viz. rattans of different sorts, beesa -wax, pulses, gambier, gold, ivory, tobacco, and paddy. Bala-chang forms another article of export. The principal imports consist of salt, opium, coarse blue cloths, Buggese sarongs, European chintzes, and white cloths, scarlet broadcloth and handherchiefs, for all of which the natives have lately evinced a strong predilection ; Surat and Bengal rugs, iron, principally hoop and thin square; ironmongery manufactured at Pinang, viz. hoes, spades, bill-hooks, and c* for the pepper-planters; steel, braziery, consisting of talams, or large platters, pigdannies, seree-stands, and lamps; swivels, muskets, and gunpowder; silk cloths from Batu-Bara; also a variety of Acheenese and cotton cloths. There are many other minor articles always saleable here. The imports must be very considerable, to supply the wants of the large population in the interior and the traders from the other side of the island.
The duties are very moderate, and the king seems disposed to promote commerce and agriculture. The following are the trifling duties levied at Langkat:
Salt, 4 drs. per eoyan Riee, 8 drs. per coy an.
Pepper, 2 do. 100 gantons or behar.
Rattans, 4 do. 100 bundles.
All other articles free of duty.