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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

Switzerland,   pp. 565-582 PDF (6.6 MB)

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654.116 Lard/23
  The Minister in Switzerland (Witson) to the Secretary of State
No. 4925                                     BERN. April 26, 1937.
                                              [Received May 15.1
  SIR: With reference to the Department's instruction No. 387£
of January 26, 1937, relative to the control of lard imports by the
Swiss Government, I have the honor to submit the following report
on recent action taken by the Legation regarding this matter.
  In conformity with the Department's instruction, I have communi-
cated with Dr. Walter Stucki, Delegate of the Swiss Federal Council
for Foreign Trade, and re-affirmed the position of the United States
Government in this matter, as had previously been set forth in the
Legation's letter of August 19 (despatch No. 4534, August 19, 1936).12
My letter to Dr. Stucki, dated March 20, 1937 (copy enclosed) 1, added
that the American authorities reserve their judgment regarding the
present Swiss import monopoly system and are interested in the mean-
time in learning of the manner in which it is working.
  Under the terms of the Trade Agreement, the Swiss Government
is, of course, free to allot as small or as large a quota to the United
States as it desires, and it is questionable, I believe, whether it is
desirable to press for the establishment of a fixed quota which almost
inevitably, in my opinion, would be set at a minimum figure, i. e. a
quantity far less than what would under certain livestock market
conditions in Switzerland suffice for local needs. While it is true
that if a small definite quota were fixed, it would be possible for the
Government to grant extra quota allotments at its discretion, I am
inclined to feel that insistence upon any definite quota might result
in a situation still less favorable for the American exporters than the
one now prevailing.
  Respectfully yours,                           IlUon R. WmoN
  The Charge in Switzerland (Bigelow) to the Secretary of State
No. 5052                                     BERN, July 21, 1937.
                                              [Received July 31.3
  SIR: I have the honor to refer to the Department's instruction No.
4090 of July 1, 1937,13 and to report that to date no indication has
been received from the Swiss authorities as to when a reply may be
  "Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. Ii, p. 810.
  1Not printed.

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