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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

Estonia,   pp. 259-274 PDF (5.6 MB)

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trade at present. Six of the commodities with respect to which the
Estonian Government has proposed tariff concessions have already
been made the subject of concessions in trade agreements with coun-
tries which are the principal sources of imports into the United
States. The benefits of these concessions are extended to Estonia
at the present time by virtue of existing treaty provisions. In the
case of certain other products in which the Estonian Government
has expressed an interest, Estonia is among the major sources of
supply of United States imports. These commodities might furnish
a basis for discussion of trade concessions of limited scope should it
be possible to arrive at an agreement respecting provisions of a gen-
eral nature guaranteeing substantially non-discriminatory treatment
by each country of the commerce of the other.
  My Government wishes again to draw the attention of the Estonian
Government to the fact that Estonia is now receiving the benefit of
tariff and other concessions granted by the United States to coun-
tries with which it has concluded trade agreements. Estonia will
continue to receive these benefits and the benefits of concessions in
any new agreements which may be concluded by the United States,
provided it accords substantially nondiscriminatory treatment to
American trade.
  The Government of the United States is heartily in accord with
the desire of the Estonian Government to seek additional means for
the expansion of trade between the two countries and will give sym-
pathetic consideration to any further suggestions which the Estonian
Government may wish to make to this end.
     The Minister in Estonia (Lane) to the Secretary of State
No. 112 (Diplomatic)                  TALLINN, February 27, 1937.
                                             [Received March 25.]
  SIR: I have the honor to refer to the Department's cablegram of
May 21, 1936, 11: 00 a. m. [noon] 9 concerning the withdrawal of the
Estonian Government's notice of May 21, 1935 to terminate as of May
22, 1936, the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Rights
between the United States and Estonia, and the prolongation of this
Treaty in its present form until May 22, 1937. The Department will
'have in mind that a period of but three months remains before the
date of expiration of such prolongation.
  While there still exists the basis of the Estonian Government's de-
sire to terminate the Treaty, namely the consistently unfavorable trade
F Foreign Relations, 1936, voL n, p. 68.

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