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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)

Estonia,   pp. 259-274 PDF (5.6 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS) 1937) VOLUME II
611.60131/62: Telegram
    The Charge in Estonia (Leonard) to the Secretary of State
                                TALLINN, April 27, 1937-10 a. m.
                                      [Received April 28-7 a. m.]
  [5.] In reply to Department's telegram 3, April 23, 6 p. m., tenta-
tive suggestions as follows:
  (1) Slight possibility removal of present 10 senti per kilo duty on
cotton of which 70% comes from United States representing $1,300,-
000 value in 1936 being 60%o of all imports from the United States;
  (2) Consolidation of sulphur on the free list;
  (3) Twenty-five percent reduction on automobiles of American
horse power cars to equalize lower duty on small cars specified in
British treaty, Germany and England principal competitors in an
$800,000 market;
  (4) Duty reduction automobile parts total market $30,000; United
States share nearly half, chief competitors Germany and England;
  (5) Removal of the 11/2 senti duty per kilo on rosin, United States
furnishing $25,000 being over 80%, Russia remainder;
  (6) Automobile tires and tubes, United States furnishing only
127% in a $23,000 market, Germany and England principal com-
petitors;
  (7) Typewriters reduction from 3 crowns per kilo to possibly half
in an $11,000 market, share of the United States being about 40%,
Germany and England principal competitors, and
  (8) Internal combustion engines now largely imported from Ger-
many but formerly from the United States. Requests for reductions
on gasoline, kerosene and lubricating oils would seem to be futile in
view of Shell arrangement with the Standard Oil Company in Estonia
and desire to protect the local shale oil industry. Chief obstacle to
import of American goods is not the customs tariff but Estonian im-
port license system which tends to equalize trade bilaterally. Sup-
plementary telegram and despatch will be sent after return of
Wirgo from Finland May 1st, when I will also take up with the
Foreign Office renewal of commercial treaty expiring on May 22nd.
                                                         LEONARD
611.00131/63: Telegram
     The Charge in Estonia (Leonard) to the Secretary of State
                                TALLINN, April 28, 1937-5 p. m.
                                   [Received April 30-6: 40 a. m.]
  6. With reference to the Department's telegram No. 4, April 26, 6
p. m. relative to the extension of the Treaty of Commerce. Note
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