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THE TEXAS ALMANAC. 277
Ocea'n-going vessels in the new deent water pIort of Corpus Christi. In 1927, the
first full veer of t'raffie sine opening of the channel, Corpus Christi exported 1S5,61i9
bales of cotton. 'Total commerce of the channel, including cotton, cottonseed products,
petroleum, iron and steel and other products, amounted tO 991,621 tons.
Texas Ports-Foreign Commerce-Coastwise Trade.
Texas is the second ranking exporting
State in the Union, New York customarily
ranking first, Texas second and Pennsyl-
vania third. Exports from Texas during
the last three years for which complete
reports are available were: 1924, $737,216,-
502; 1925, $758.665,052; 1926, $648,991,954.
For the year 1924 Texas led all States in
total value of exports.
Inasmuch as two-thirds or more of the
Texas exports consists of raw cotton, the
market price of this commodity is a de-
cided factor in determining the Texas
standing among the States. The Texas
slump in value of exports from 1925 to
1926 was due largely to decline in the
cotton market. The tonnage increased
during this period. In January at the
time of the publication of the 1928 edition
of The Texas Almanac, only the first six
months of the 1927 export trade had been
reported, and the total value of the Texas
exports were plaed at $285,112,377. The
heavier shipping movement is in the au-
tumn, however, and it is probable that
the 1927 figures Nvill run much ahead of
those of 1926.
Texas exports by principal classes were
as follows in 192;:
Cotton, $429,388,673; wheat, $59,791,703;
gasoline, $48,897,244; illuminating oil, $24,-
504,703; gas and fuel oil, $11,758,034; lubri-
cating oil. $9,497,914; sulphur or brim-
stone, $9,314,159; cottonseed cake and
meal, $7,586,252; wheat flour, $4,629,094;
machinery and parts, $3,653,697; chemicals
and related products, $3,142,477; boards,
planks and scantlings, Southern pine, $3,-
031,579; wood and paper, $2,924,569; vege-
table food products, $2,736,825; vehicles
and parts, $2,724,711; crude petroleum, $2,-
481,336; nonmetallic mineral products, $2,-
370,038; paraffin wax, $2,196,259; iron and
steel manufactures, $2,045,552; sawed tim-
ber, Southern pine, $1,697,900; edible ani-
mal products, $1,378,380; textile manufac-
tures, $1,268,595; eggs, $1,137,070, and lard,
Four Customs Districts.
There are four customs districts in
Texas as follows:
1. The Sabine district, which lies in the
southeast corner of the State, including
the ports of Port Arthur, Beaumont,
Orange, Sabine and Port Neehes, of which
the first mentioned city is the headquar-
ters. Inland territory under jurisdiction
of this district includes the two eastern
tiers of counties extending as far north
as the north borders of Nacogdoches and
2. The Galveston district includes the
ports of Galveston, Houston, Texas City,
Freeport and lesser shipping points in this
area. Galveston is headquarters and the
inland territory of this district includes
all that territory in Texas lying east of
the ninety-seventh meridian which is not
included in the Sabine district. (The
ninety-seventh meridian runs between
Fort Worth and Dallas.) Dallas is an in-
land port of entry in this district.
3. The San Antonio district, of which
San Antonio is headquarters, includes all
territory between the ninety-seventh me-
ridian and the Pecos River. Its outlets
are the newly opened port of Corpus
Christi, on the Gulf, and the Mexican bor-
der ports of Brownsville, Laredo, Eagle
Pass, Del Rio and some other Rio Grande
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