The imports are mainly white longcloth, grey shirting, rice, jowaree, dates and sugar.
The chief articles of import are cotton goods (European white longcloth and American grey shirting), rice and jowari, flour, dates, sugar and tobacco (the last from Rotterdam).
Shirting, which has long since ceased to refer exclusively to shirt cloths, includes a large proportion of Lancashire manufacture.
The export shirting trade is done mainly on "repeat" orders for well-known "chops" or marks.
Wide (the extremes being used on the one hand for children's cots or ship bunks and on the other for old-fashioned four-posters), which may be either plain or twilled, bleached, unbleached or half-bleached; (2) a grey calico, heavier than a shirting, sent largely to China and other markets, usually 36 in.
The jacconet is a plain cloth, lighter than a shirting and heavier than a mull.
In weight it is lighter than a shirting, and it is usually ornamented with a distinctive coloured heading.