Opium .. .. 76 drs. per cake.
Elephantsa teeth, large 60 to 70 do. per picul.
Ditto small .. .. 40 to 55 do.
x - - f gantons per dollar, when scarce,
1 ** ** * * ( and 10 when abundant.
Horses .. .. 15 to 20 drs. each.
Green peas .. ..10 drs. per 100 gantons.
Bijan .. .. .. 5 do. 100 do.
There is an endless variety of goods and manufactures, of different descriptions, imported into this country, and the taste for Europe cottons is daily increasing. The undermentioned articles are most commonly imported, viz. China-ware, coarse, consisting of plates, cups, and basins ; seree-stands, kincobs, gold-thread, opium, white cotton cloths, coarse country cloths, broad-cloth, salt, ironmongery, tin, sabres, blunderbusses, swivels, gunpowder, looking-glasses, brass plates; besides these, they import Pulicat cloths with handsome borders, palempores, and silk and gold-wrought cloths from Tringano, Palembang, Siack and Batu-Bara.
The internal commerce of the country is very considerable. Traders, from Alas, Gaion, and Singkel, and other places on the opposite side of the island, come over with various commodities, and carry back a variety of the manufactures enumerated above, and traders from Soonghal carry up supplies to the numerous Batta states inland six or seven days* journey.
The duties at Soonghal are as follow, viz.
Imports : Exports :
Salt......1 dr. per coyan. Pepper.... 2 drs. per 100 gantons.
Opium .. 1 a ball. Gambier .. 1 a laxsa.
Salt fish .. 2 a 1000. Wax...... 1 a picul.
Slaves .... 1 each.
Tobacco .. 1 per picul.
No other articles of import are chargeable with duties.