Friday, November 1, 2013

Free Harbour fees for the Dutch

The Dutch ships that land their cargoes in the City of London are the only ones who do not pay harbour fees. However, this is today a rare event since most cargo is unloaded downriver at Tilbury. The Dutch have not paid any fees since the plague yea of 1665 when London was virtually cut off from the rest of the world.

This is the case, due to the fact that only the Dutch kept trading with London, during a time when no other nation would land its cargoes at that time for fear of catching the terrible disease. They brought supplies of food and other goods which were vital to the survival of a city that has shown its gratitude ever since by waiving the charges that apply to all other nations. 

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