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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1936. Europe
(1936)

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AUSTRIA
PRELIMINARY DISCUSSIONS RESPECTING A TRADE AGREEMENT
         BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND AUSTRIA'
611.6331/140
  Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European
                        Affairs (Dunn)
                                 [WASHINGTON,] October 13,1936.
  The Austrian Minister 2 called this morning and said that he wished
to bring before the Department informally the sense of the conversa-
tion he had had with the Minister of Commerce of Austria just before
leaving Vienna to come back to his post. He said the Minister of
Commerce had sent for him and had stated that approximately 70
per cent of Austrian international trade now came within the frame-
work of reciprocal trade and clearing arrangements; that of the bal-
ance of 30 per cent not under such control, 80 per cent consisted of trade
with the United States and that as trade with the United States
resulted in a large and unfavorable balance against Austria he felt
some action should be taken with a view to reducing their imports
from the United States into Austria and increasing Austrian exports
to this country. The Minister stated that he explained that such
action would be contrary to the trade program of the Secretary of
State and furthermore that as there was no governmental control of
international trade in this country, it would not be within the province
of the American Government to direct the purchases of its nationals
to any particular country.
  The Minister said that he very shortly thereafter had a talk with
Mr. Schiller, an economic expert in the Ministry of Commerce, and
that Mr. Schiller had told him he would make a specific study of the
Austrian-American trade situation and would talk to the Minister
of Commerce about it and would in due time send the Minister specific
instructions, giving such suggestions as he thought might be feasible
of execution with respect to American-Austrian trade relations. Mr.
Schiller stated that he understood the limitations of the American
Government with regard to the trade of its own nationals and stated
that he furthermore realized that it would be difficult to divert Austri-
  1Continued from Foreign Relations, 1935, vol. I, pp. 95-101.
  'Edgar L. G. Prochnik.
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