08 October 2008
Tariffs and Transport
Rob Fisher

On the one hand, we try to reduce the cost of transportation between England and America, or Canada and the United States, by developing faster and more efficient planes and ships, better roads and bridges, better locomotives and motor trucks.  On the other hand, we offset this investment in efficient transportation by a tariff that makes it commercially even more difficult to transport goods than it was before.  We make it a dollar cheaper to ship the sweaters, and then increase the tariff by two dollars to prevent the sweaters from being shipped.  By reducing the freight that can be profitably carried, we reduce the value of the investment in transport efficiency.

Henry Hazlitt in Economics in One Lesson.


  1. We do try to reduce transportation costs by faster planes, ships and better roads. However we put a tariff that makes it more difficult to transport goods.We
    need to find a balance.

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  2. I have used Kansai Thru Pass(關西一卡通)twice and never use Kintetsu Rail Pass.  Kansi Thru Pass is not cheap and you can’t save much from using it.  On my experience, you can at most save 2,000 yen from the 5,000 yen 3-days pass.  However, it is very convenient and a must have for Kansai trip.  With it, you can jump in almost all train (you may need to buy extra ticket for some limited express train) and bus (except the city bus in Nara).  You don’t need to spend time to stand before the complicated price chart in the station to find out which ticket to be brought.  It is much better than Kintetsu Rail Pass and JR Pass, if you want to spend 1 or 2 day(s) in Kyoto.  Because you can use all train, subway and buses in Kyoto.  Kyoto is not a big city but if you want to visit most spots by walking, you will be exhausted before 3:00pm.With Kansai Thru Pass, you can use Osaka as you base and visit Kobe, Kyoto and Nara.  If you have time, you can even go to 和歌山,高野山,姬路,淡路島 without additional transport charge.

    Posted by auto insurance quotes on  07 April 2012 at 08:47 am

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