Mr. Schuyler to Mr. Blaine.
Bucharest, September 22, 1881. (Received October 14.)
Sir: Some time since a decree was made by the council of ministers prohibiting the importation of pork from the United States, England, Turkey, and Russia. The reasons given for this decree were that as American pork had been prohibited by France, Germany, Austria, and several other countries, on the ground of being unwholesome and containing trichinae, it was not for the advantage of the Roumanian commerce in swine to allow the importation of American pork into Roumania, either directly or indirectly. I subsequently called the attention of the government to this subject, and asked whether it would not be possible to remove the prohibition. The government promised to take the matter into consideration and to see whether the reasons still existed for the decree. I now have cause for believing that the decision in the matter depends entirely upon the action taken by Austria Hungary. If the prohibition should be removed by that government, it would probably be removed here. The exportation of live animals is an important branch of Roumanian trade, and it is thought here that the Government of Austria-Hungary is always ready to take advantage of any pretext for enforcing with the utmost rigidity their veterinary regulations, and prohibiting the exportation of Roumanian swine and other animals. I inclose herewith a translation of the decree in question.
In any case the importation of American pork into Roumania is of very little consequence. None has been imported directly, and as Belgium is not one of the countries from which the importation is forbidden it could be imported in that way.
The English chargé d’affaires has made unofficial representations on the same subject, which have thus far been without result.
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