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Costa Rica,   pp. 86-92 PDF (2.3 MB)


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COSTA RICA
PRELIMINARY DISCUSSIONS RESPECTING A TRADE AGREEMENT
         BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND COSTA RICA
611.1831/11: Telegram
The Minister in Costa Rica (Sack) to the Acting Secretary of State
                                SAN JOSE', December 18,1933-3 p. m.
                                             [Received 7: 50 p. m.]
  36. References Montevideo circular telegrams December 12, noon,
and December 13, 1 a. m.1 The Costa Rican Government is anxious to
negotiate speedily new commercial treaty with the United States
along complete lines of the Hull resolution at Montevideo 2 as a substi-
tute for existing treaty ratified in 1852.3 At present chief Costa Rican
exports to the United States, banana and coffee, admitted duty free
but practically all imports from the United States are taxed although
not discriminatory with reference to other nations. European nations
can not impose tax on Costa Rican products.
  Foreign Minister Pacheco told me today that he would like to
begin active treaty negotiations here early in January and he suggests
reduction of some of present Costa Rican high trade barriers.
  In 1932, 42.70 per cent total dollar value of Costa Rican imports
came from the United States; 10.93 per cent from Great Britain: 47.8
per cent total exports went to Great Britain and 39.30 per cent went to
the United States. Within the last year Costa Rica negotiated new
commercial treaties with Great Britain,4 France,5 Italy6 and Ger-
many.7 China and Japan now seeking new treaties.
  Will appreciate by air mail text of specific paragraphs sought in
proposed treaty, form desired and any other instructions.
                                                              SACK
 Not found in Department files.
 a See Foreign Relations, 1933, vol. Iv, p. 192.
 3Treaty signed July 10, 1851, William M. Malloy (ed.), Treaties, Contventions,
 etc., Between the United States of America and Other Powers, 1776-1909
 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1910), vol. i, p. 341.
 See British Board of Trade Journal, May 4, 1933, p. 692.
 5Modu8 vivendi signed March 1, 1933, La Gaceta, March 7, 1933, p. 425.
 6Treaty of Navigation and Commerce, signed June 14, 1933, Italy, Ministry
 for Foreign Affairs, Trattati e convenzioni fra il regno d'Italia e gli
altri stati,
 1933, vol. 46, p. 165.
 ' Treaty of Commerce, with protocol, signed October 26, 1932, British and
 Foreign State Papers, vol. cxxxv, p. 470.
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