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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1934. The American Republics

Colombia,   pp. 66-85 PDF (7.2 MB)

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you discuss the matter orally and informally with him pointing out
that inasmuch as this Government now is offering to accord to the
products of Colombia enumerated in Schedule Two unqualified and
unrestricted national and most favored nation treatment with respect
to such taxes, the request that the same treatment be accorded to all
of the products of the United States enumerated in Schedule I is
fair and reciprocal. In this connection it will be recalled that in
the agreement of December 15, 1933, the pledge on the part of this
Government insofar as national treatment relating to state and mu-
nicipal taxes is concerned is restricted to such taxes "affecting interstate
or foreign commerce." Further, the new proposal would place no
limitation on the amount of such taxes, whereas the agreement of
December 15, 1933, does limit the amount thereof.
  Also, it may be said that in the view of this Government the new
proposal relating to state and municipal taxes is the only change of
importance in the agreement of December 15, 1933, which has been
definitely proposed (for this Government does not consider elimination
of the provision suspending application of the anti-dumping act to
green coffee to be of any practical importance to Colombia).
  This Government might have definitely proposed deeper tariff re-
ductions and reductions on additional important American exports to
Colombia in view of the fact that many of the rates of duty in the
Colombian tariff, particularly those on agricultural products, are ex-
tremely high and a number of the tariff concessions accorded by
Colombia are little more than nominal. Instead, as regards the tariff
concessions accorded by Colombia, this Government has confined itself
merely to a statement that it would appreciate such consideration as
the Colombian Government may be disposed to give in respect of
further tariff reductions.
  Concerning Article X, you may inform the Secretary of the Foreign
Office that this is a typical article which we plan to include in all
our trade agreements. Its purpose is to reserve to each government
the unqualified right to apply control measures to the export or sale
for export of arms, munitions, or implements of war to any country
whether or not such export control measures are applied to any other
country. However, you may point out informally that it has not
been the policy of this Government, when Latin American countries
are at war, to apply control measures to such exports to one belligerent
and not to the other.
  Please report promptly by cable.

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