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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

France,   pp. 275-318 PDF (16.0 MB)

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611.5131/1748: Telegram
  The Amba,8ador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State
                                    PARIS, August 21, 1937-2 p.n.
                                 [Received August 21-10: 31 a. m.]
  1188. Reference our 1164, August 16, 5 p. m.10 I have today re-
ceived a letter dated August 19 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
signed by Leger in the absence of Delbos of which the following is a
  "Mr. Ambassador: Following the exchange of views between the
representatives of your Embassy and those of the French Government
relative to the importation of American apples and pears into France,
I have the honor to inform your Excellency that the French Govern-
ment will take the following measures concerning the license taxes
and the delivery of import authorization for apples and pears. These
measures which will be applicable until September 30, 1938, will go
into effect on the date upon which this letter and the reply from Your
Excellency will be published in the Journal Officiel.
  1. License taxes. As an indication of its good will and following
the representations made by the representatives of the American Gov-
ernment, the French Government will reduce by 50%. for the entire
season 1937-1938 the license taxes assessed upon the importation of
apples and pears. Accordingly, the maximum license taxes assessable
during this entire period will be 16 francs per quintal for apples and
24 francs per quintal for pears.
  Moreover, the French Government undertakes not to impose upon
the importation of apples and pears any license tax of a protectionist
character. The established license taxes have no other basis than to
assure the payment to the Treasury of a part of the difference in price
between the national products and the imported products. In the
absence of such a measure this difference would in effect [be] gained
by the private importers. As a result these taxes will be subject to a
new decrease if the differences in prices mentioned should justify such
  2. Distribution of licenses. The French Government has under-
taken a careful investigation among the beneficiaries of licenses to de-
termine to what extent these licenses are actually being utilized. It
undertakes in the future to deliver licenses only to those importers
likely to utilize them to the maximum in order to guarantee in con-
formity with the trade agreement as complete utilization as possible
of the quota for apples and pears allotted to the United States.
  To assure the maximum utilization of these licenses, the French Gov-
ernment will accord import authorizations only to those having import
rights who have undertaken irrevocable commitments for the impor-
tation of fruit or who have contracted with a dealer or agent having
himself irrevocable commitments. These commitments will be proved
by production of irrevocable bank credits.
Not printed.

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