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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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from the United States in steadily diminishing amounts with the con-
sequence that raw products, such as cotton, sulphur, and rosin, now
comprise over three-quarters by value of all American shipments to
this country. If this trend continues unabated, it follows that the.
United States will eventually be able to export to Estonia only such
raw commodities as are essential to the Estonian economic welfare and
which are not obtainable in countries possessing equalized or unfavor-
able trade balances with Estonia.
  The one favorable note in this necessarily pessimistic outlook lies in
the fact that American manufactures, because of their quality, are
generally preferred in the Estonian market to those made in other
countries. This is especially true as regards automobiles and motor
trucks, tractors, typewriters and calculating machines, and miscel-
laneous types of machinery. Thus any concession tending toward a
relaxation in the import-license and exchange-control restrictions as
affecting American goods, which might be obtained in the present
Trade Agreement negotiations with Estonia, should immediately result
in an increased importation of United States products. In this con-
nection it should be noted that tariff concessions would be purely barren
unless accompanied by assurances of more favorable treatment in the
matter of import license and exchange restrictions.
611.60131/65: Telegram (part air)
    The Charge in Estonia (Leonard) to the Secretary of State
                                   TALINN, May 15, 1937-1 p. m.
                                   [Received May 15-6: 05 a. m.]
  7. With reference to Department's telegram No. 4, April 26, &
p. m., and my reply of April 28, 5 p. m. The Estonian Foreign Office
has today communicated the following:
  "Being desirous to meet the requests of the Government of the
United States the Estonian Government agree to withdraw their
proposal as far as it concerns the expiration of the treaty as determined
in the note of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the American Lega-
tion of April 22nd, 1936, number 43-V. At the same time the Esto-
nian Government, referring to the stipulations of article 29 of the
existing treaty, confirm their desire to modify the existing treaty on
May 22nd, 1938, at the latest."

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