International Tin Council

Scope and Content

This collection consists of reports, statistics, and publications relating to the operations of the International Tin Council in the United States, the Belgian Congo, and Bolivia. The collection also encorporates material relating to world tin production before the establishment of the ITC, including papers on buffer stocks and tin mining in Malaya and Burma during the 1930s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The International Tin Council was established in 1956, following on from the work of the International Tin Study Group, which was established in 1947 to survey the world supply and demand of tin. The ITCs aims were to promote the achievement of a long-term balance between world production and consumption of tin, and to prevent excessive fluctuation in price. This was achieved by the creation and operation of a buffer stock system involving mandatory contributions by producer and consumer countries, the fixing of floor and ceiling prices, and the regulation of exports. The activities of the Council were governed by a series of six 5-year International Tin Agreements, commencing in 1956. The sixth agreement was extended for a further two years in 1987. The Council was dissolved in 1990.


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Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on March 27, 2002

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