The largest importing market of the world for rubber is New York, which receives nearly half of the total supply. Liverpool and London probably receive a comparatively higher proportion of the produce from Eastern plantations, although the value of plantation rubber is also beginning to be more fully recognised in New York. The other chief ports concerned in the rubber trade are Hamburg, Antwerp and Havre. In
New York sales are by personal contract for immediate delivery. In Liverpool and London, auction sales are held at stated intervals after samples have been exposed for a certain length of time. Private sales also take place in London, and a good deal of plantation rubber is now sold in advance by contract Fortnightly auction sales of rubber are also held in Colombo and in Singapore.