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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 2, 1902

Belgium,   pp. 73-100 PDF (2.0 MB)

Page 82

 For the estimation of the sum of advantages derived eventually from the
surtax specified under section (f) of article 1, the rate fixed by article
3 is deducted from the amount of this surtax; half of the difference is held
to represent the bounty, the permanent commission organized under article
7 being entitled, at the request of one of the contracting States, to alter
the rate so provided for. 
ARTICLE Fne'rn. 
 The high contracting parties bind themselves reciprocally to admit at the
lowest of their respective import rates, sugars imported from any of the
contracting States or from any colonies or possessions of said States, that
do not grant bounties and to which the obligations imposed in article 8 apply.
Cane and beet sugars can not be subjected to different rates of duty. 
 Spain, Italy, and Sweden are not held to the obligation imposed iii articles
1, 2, and 3, so long as they do not export sugar. 
 These States hind themselves to adapt their sugar legislation to the provisions
of the convention within one year or earlier, if possible, from the time
that the permanent commission has verified that the above condition has ceased
to exist. 
 The high contracting parties agree to create a permanent commission, having
charge of the surveillance of the execution of the provisions of the present
 This commission shall be composed of delegates of the different contracting
States, and to it will be attached a permanent bureau. The commission elects
its president; it will sit at Brussels and shall meet on the call of the
 The duties of the delegates will be: 
 (a) To verify whether in the contracting States any direct or indirect bounty
for the production or export of sugars is granted. 
 (h) To verify whether the States named in article 6 continue to conform
themselves to the provisions of this article. 
 (c) To verify the existence of bounties in the nonsignatory States, and
to estimate the amount of such bounties with a view to applying the provisions
of article 4. 
 (d) To issue an advice on litigious questions. 
 (e) To examine the requests for admission to the union from States which
have not participated in the present convention. 
 To the permanent bureau is intrusted the compilation, translation, coordination,
and publication of information of all kinds relating to the legislation and
statistics of sugars, not only in the contracting States but also in other
 To secure the execution of the above provisions, the high contracting parties
shall communicate, through the diplomatic channel, to the Belgian Government,
which will transmit them to the commission, copies of the laws, decrees,
and regulations relating to the taxation on sugars that are or may he in
operation in their respective countries, as well as statistical information
relating to the object of the present convention. 
 Each of the high parties is entitled to be represented on the commission
by a delegate or by a delegate and associate delegates. 
 Austria and Hungary shall be considered separately as contracting parties.
The first meeting of the commission shall take place at Brussels, on the
call of the Belgian Government, at least three months before the present
convention comes into force. 
 The duties of the commission shall he confined to verification and examination.
It will make a report to the Belgian Government on all questions submitted
to it. Said report will be communicated to the interested States by the Belgian
Government, and the latter shall, if requested so to do by any of the high
contracting parties, promote a meeting of a conference which shall decide
on the resolutions or the measures necessary tinder the circumstances. 
 The verification and estimations, however, under Sections B and 0 shall
have a binding character for the contracting States; they shall be established
by a vote of the majority, each contracting State disposing of one vote,
and they shall come into effect, at the farthest, at the expiration of a
period of two months. 
 In ease one of the contracting States were to appeal from the decision of
the cornmission, it shall have to promote, within eight days after the notification
of the said 
decision, a new deliberation of the commission; the latter shall meet under

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