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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 41 (May 1946)

General,   pp. 13-15 PDF (1.4 MB)

Page 13

Germany's Foreign Trade Extended
Aniother step in the resumption of Ger-
many's foreign trade has been taken with
the conclusion of export and import
agreements between OMGUS and foreign
countries and UNRRA. (See Weekly In-
formation Bulletin No. 36,
8 April 1946).
The agreements call for
the exportation from Ger-
many of commodities having
,a total value of 383,116 dol-
lars and the importation of
commodities   valued   at
The commodities to be imported are
all of an agricultural nature. The largest
single item, in terms iof money, is an
torder for 3,000 tons of Italian hemp
fibier, valued at 731,700 dollars. The ship-
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1,280,820 dollars. The impor'ts were ar-
ranged to help bolster the agricultural
potentiality of the US Zone in the face
fof the world-wide food pinch. The ex-
ports, representing surplus commodities
in -the American Zone, will help defray
the mounting cost of importing food into
the Zone.
White the exports, wh'ich are being
shipped from both wartime and post-wax
stock, are a trickle of the Zone's former
output for foreign consumption, they in-
dicate that the Zone is assuming greater
responsibility in self-sustenance, thus re-
ducing MG's burden.
The export items include 25,000 bi-
cycle wheel sprockets, valued at 68,000 RM
consigned to Denmark. Material for
sprockets has already been allocated and
production to fill the order will begin
this month, with shipment scheduled tent-
*atively for sometime in June. Other ex-
pjort items, including hops, fertilizer salt,
electric carbons for trucks and motors,
portable type grinders for moving ma-
chines, freon gas and methyl chloride are
already available and will be shipped
as soon as they can be packed and trans-
portation is available.
ment has already begun and
is expected to be completed
by May 15. It has been con-
signed to Fuessen, Bavaria,
where it will be made into
binder twine for agricultur-
;al crops.
Seven hundred and fifty
tons of seed potatoes will be imported
from Czechoslovakia. This shipment was
consigned to the Baywa Farmers Co-
operative in Regensburg, Bavaria, which
will distribute them to some fifteen seed
growers. The seed they produce will in
turn be sold to farmers throughout the
US Zone for the growing of eating pot-
;atoes. Swederv 5,500 tons of .sulphate
pulp, valued at 434,500 dollars, has been
purchased for manufacturing paper. First
priority use for the paper is, paper binder
twine; second, paper bags for food pro-
duction, and third paper bags for cement.
The paper will be widely distributed
am-ong the three Laender.
An order also has been placed with
Sweden for the importation of 500 tons
,of arsenic. It will be used in the manu.
facture of insecticide for spraying potato
crops, and will be processed at factories
in Hoechst and Darmstadt, in Greater
Austria has agreed to ship 414 tons
of graphite, to the American Zone not
later than 15 June for the manufacture
-of nitrogen fertilizer and for various
metallurgical uses.

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