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

Estonia,   pp. 129-133 PDF (1.7 MB)

Page 129

                  AMERICAN TRADE IN ESTONIA'
    7/he Secretary of State to the Charg~e in Estonia (Carlson)
No. 12                                 WASHINGTON, July 24, 1934.
  SIR: The Department refers to the Confidential Weekly Economic
Report dated July 7, 1934,2 prepared in the consular section of your
office and more particularly to the section thereof beginning on page 4
which reads as follows:
    "Discrimination in Administration of Import Restrictions.
  "The Tallinn Consulate in an effort to secure information concern-
ing the administration of the existing import restrictions-import
licenses and foreign exchange control-has come to the conclusion that
U. S. A. products are being discriminated against. The Consulate
is not able to prove the above assertion. In its conversations with the
officials in charge of the above activities, it was assured that such
discriminations were not being made. The importers to whom in-
quiries were addressed, maintained that the authorities are making
a definite effort to direct the country's import trade to England and
to France, whenever possible, and to divert commerce away from the
United States, Germany and the Scandinavian countries. Interested
dealers and agents report that U. S. A. products are growing in favor
because of current low prices due to exchange conditions and because
of superior quality. They say, however, that present Estonian trade
policies interfere with trade dealings with the U. S. A."
  You are requested to submit promptly a complete report on the,
present treatment by the Estonian authorities of American trade,
setting forth in detail all the factors which occasioned the above state-
ruent by the Estonian Consulate. Your report should furnish the
Department with specific information with regard to the allegation
made by Estonian importers that the Estonian authorities are in-
terfering in foreign trade with a view to directing to other countries
the purchase of commodities formerly obtained from the United
States. Such information will enable the Department to take appro-
priate steps to protect American commerce with Estonia.
1 For previous correspondence on this subject, see Foreign Relations, 1932,
vol. II, pp. 176 if.
  'Not printed.
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