The non-import agreements of the late colonial era were important precursors of the American Revolution. The agreements have stoked tensions that have led to violence. The negotiation of the agreements propelled the Boston Patriots to the forefront and demonstrated to the settlers the potential for unified action. At a deeper level, the agreements have helped awaken settlers to their emerging national identity as Americans, helping them promote their cultural value of austerity on the national stage. The impact of the Boston non-import agreement and all similar agreements has been considerable. About 60 merchants and merchants signed the agreement on August 1, 1768, and within two weeks, all but sixteen Boston merchants, merchants and business owners had joined the boycott. Boston craftsmen, craftsmen and other merchants signed the agreement with joy in the hope that the boycott would generate business for them. In the space of weeks and months, almost all ports and regions of the Thirteen Colonies adopted similar boycotts to protest and undermine the Townshend Revenue Act, although many merchants and traders in the South with loyalist tendencies refused to cooperate. Smuggling was widespread in the colonies. The effects of British merchants who acted with the American colonies were alarming. Traders lost money that shipped their goods to the colonies, where they would not be received. Most of the time, the goods were never left ashore. If they were, they would rot on the docks or in warehouses, or were looted by the settlers.
The situation was a nightmare for customs officers who could not collect taxes on goods that were not left ashore or were never sold. However, a change in the British Department`s foreign policy to promote trade, export and production only partially repealed the Townshend Act. Subsequently, the settlers partially repealed their own non-import policy. Tariffs on many products have been reduced, with the exception of tea. Parliament has also retained its right to tax settlements. The fact that Townshend`s obligation for tea remained in force, in addition to the Tea Act, which opposed the reduction of the amount of tea stored in London warehouses, led to the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party. Final non-import agreementsThe final non-import agreements in 1774 were initiated by the Continental Congress, which founded the Continental Federation. “Non-import.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonimportation. Access 6 Dec 2020.