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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1934. Europe, Near East and Africa
(1934)

Latvia,   pp. 614-619 PDF (2.1 MB)


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LATVIA
   REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION
             AGAINST AMERICAN TRADE IN LATVIA'
660p. 1111/7
       The Charge in Latvia (Cole) to the Secretary of State
No. 83                                     RIGA, January 30, 1934.
                                          [Received February 17.]
  SIR: I have the honor to refer to the Department's instruction No.
182, dated April 4, 1933,2 requesting a quarterly report on legislation
tending to discriminate against American trade and a survey of the
Legation's activities in protecting American trade.
  In the Valdibas Vestnesis No. 282, dated December 14,1933, the Law
Governing The Regulation of Imports was published. A copy of this
law and a translation thereof, accompanied the Consulate's despatch
No. 288 of December 10 [16], 1933.3
  This law does not, in reality, constitute new legislation but rather
a compilation of all import regulations previously issued. As pointed
out in the Consulate's despatch, it does not materially change the sit-
uation for importers, nor does its text give a clue as to the effects it
might have on American trade with Latvia.
  On October 19, 1933, the local representative of the Brockway Motor
Truck Corporation of New York informed the Legation that he had
been trying without success for some time to obtain permission from
the Currency Commission to remit the equivalent of 7033 lats to this
company. The Legation approached the Commission informally and
expressed the hope that a settlement of this matter would be arranged.
The Commission shortly thereafter granted the local firm of Otto
Schwartz, which has money due it in the United States, permission
to pay to the Brockway Motor Truck Corporation the equivalent of
6000 lats, and at the same time it advised the Riga representative of
this company to file an application for the transfer of the balance
still due.
  In a memorandum from the Consulate dated January 25, 1934,4 the
following cases were outlined:
1 Continued from Foreign Relations, 1933, vol. II, pp. 602-616.
2Ibid., p. 602.
' Not printed.
4Not found in Department files.
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