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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

Poland,   pp. 525-563 PDF (14.2 MB)

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  "Despite the attitude adopted by the interested organizations in
the question of direct importation of cotton no disposition has been
taken by the authorities relative to the direct importation and without
transshipment of cotton.
  It is similarly pointed out that the permits of importation concern-
ing other merchandise coming from the United States are delivered
by the authorities just the same in the cases where this merchandise is
routed indirectly, that is to say, with transshipment.
  As it results from the foregoing, the competent authorities have no
intention to violate the stipulations of article 6, paragraph 9 of the
Treaty of June 15, 1931."
  Above assertions are contradictory to verbal statements made to
Consul Malige by competent officials of Ministry of Industry and
Commerce. Consul General informs me that there is no doubt in
his mind that direct shipment requirement has been enforced in the
past and that he will watch carefully for future infringements.
  Commercial Attache states same verbal statements were made to
him and he concurs with Consul General that best present plan is
to watch for future violations. He adds that it must now be assumed
that direct shipment requirements no longer exist and he asks that
Department of Commerce be informed accordingly.
  If above assumption proves unjustified and violation of article 6
recurs, Embassy will inform Department and if so instructed make
further protest basing it not only on article 6 but on statement of
fact in Foreign Office note.
The Consul General at Warsaw (Bevan) to the Secretary of State
No. 1588                                   WARSAW, July 15, 1937.
                                              [Received July 27.]
  SIR: I have the honor to refer to the memoranda from this Con-
sulate General enclosed with the Embassy's despatch No. 1504, Febru-
ary 13, 1937,40 in which it was stated that careful watch would be
made for future infringements by the Polish authorities of the direct
shipment clause of the American-Polish Treaty of Commerce dated
June 15, 1931. In this connection, the Department will be interested
in the enclosed photographs 41 of import permits for American goods,
all of which were issued after the Polish Foreign Office's Note Verbale
of February 9, 1937, disclaiming any intention to impose the direct
shipment requirement, but all of which are nevertheless stamped
with that requirement. As this office has previously maintained, de-
  4"Not printed, but see the Ambassador's telegram No. 16, February
13, 8upra.
  41 Six photographs not reproduced.

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