The rate of Export earned by Villagers can be changed at the Consulate, but other resource gathering will suffer from a penalty depending on the Export rate selected:
Gather Export and other resources normally
Gather Export 35% faster but gather other resources 5% slower
Gather Export 60% faster but gather other resources 10% slower
Note:The 5% increase to gather rates for the Indians and Chinese by selecting the French at the consulate reduces the -5% penalty to a very neglible amount in exchange for 35% greater export. It lowers the -10% to around 5% as well. With a Japanese ally sending TEAM Chonindo both the Chinese and Indians using the French will have a bonus to other gather rates running +60% to export gather rate.
This table shows the initial gathering rates. The building, and card granted trickle rates are fixed and can not be increased via the Consulate, though they can be stacked with other trickle cards, or buildings available to that civilization. The Chinese have the best trickle Export generation potential.
Note:TEAM Sumptuary Laws is roughly equivalent to 2.88 villagers gathering export, while the regular version of the card is equivalent to 4.32 villagers gathering the resource. This is before applying the bonuses to other resources. In regards to the experience aspect, the team card is equivalent to a 5% increase to the base passive trickle while the regular version is a 7.5% increase.