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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

Australia,   pp. 136-159 PDF (9.0 MB)


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the question of the licensing system. Mr. Hawkins said that this was
certainly true, and that the President's certification that Australia did
not in fact discriminate against American trade would necessarily as
a practical matter, have to cover all of our trade and not merely that
heretofore covered by the licensing system.
  Mr. Officer said that this disturbed him a little bit for the reason
that he was not sure that these tariff reductions granted to third,
countries were not of such a nature that they could only be extended
to the United States and other foreign countries in pursuance of
some sort of an agreement in that sense. Mr. Hawkins pointed out
that ordinarily this was not the case, and that the only instance which
he could recall in which this had been the case was in Rumania several
years ago, where we had found that they could not, in the absence of
some sort of an agreement, extend their lowest tariff rates to us. Mr.
Hawkins continued that this situation had been easily and quickly
met by an exchange of notes providing reciprocally for the extension
of most-favored-nation treatment.28
  Mr. Dunn stated to Mr. Officer that we expected to receive further
and fuller information on this subject from Sydney, and suggested
that Mr. Officer pass on to us any additional information which he
received. This Mr. Officer agreed to do.
                                                 JOHN HICKERSON
011.4731/250: Telegram
The Consul General at Sydney (Wilson) to the Secretary of State
                                               SYDNEY [undated].
                          [Received December 17, 1937-7: 30 a. m.]
  Moore of Customs Department telephoned me today from Mel-
bourne and asked that I meet him in Canberra on Monday in order
that he may go over in some detail the position in which the Govern-
ment finds itself in the light of present trade policy. I told him I
would call on him in Canberra on Monday morning.
                                                          WILSON
611.4731/250: Telegram
  The Secretary of State to th-e Consul General at Sydney (Wilson)
                           WASHINGTON, December 17, 1937-7 p. m.
  Your telegram received Dec. 17th. You may proceed to Canberra
as suggested.
  " Signed February 26, 1926, Foreign Relations, 1926, vol. Ii, pp.
898-901. This
agreement was denounced by Rumania in 1929, and a provisional commercial
agreement was signed on August 20, 1930, ibid., 1930, vol. HI, p. 799.
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