Minister Bryan to the Secretary of State.

No. 197.]

Sir: I have the honor to forward herewith copy, with translation, of the commercial convention concluded between Portugal and Switzerland and signed at Berne on the 20th of this month.

I have, etc.,

Charles Page Bryan.


Commercial convention between Switzerland and Portugal, the Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation and His Majesty the King of Portugal and of the Algarves equally inspired by the wish to regulate the commercial relations of the two countries, have resolved to conclude a special convention for that purpose, and have named as their plenipotentiaries: The Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation: Dr. Adolphe Deucher, a federal councilor, chief of the department of commerce, industry, and agriculture, and His Majesty the King of Portugal and of the Algarves: His Excellency Alberto Oliveira, his envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation, who, having exchanged their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon the following articles:

Article 1.

The contracting parties mutually guarantee to each other the treatment accorded to the most favored nation in all that concerns importation, exportation, and transit.

Article 2.

In consequence of the agreement contained in the preceding article, it is agreed that cheeses of Swiss origin shall enjoy, on their entry into Portugal, the same privileges accorded to the cheeses of Holland or of any other country.

Article 3.

The particular brands of Portuguese wines (that is to say, Port and Madeira) at their normal alcoholic test (23 maximum for Port and 21 for Madeira) will be admitted into Switzerland upon the same terms as the special Italian brands, Marsalia, Malvasia, Muscato, and Vernaccia, or of any other country whatever, without being subjected to any monopolizing tax, nor to any supplemental tax.

The same treatment will be accorded by Switzerland to the wines of Malvoisie and Muscat coming from Portugal, as well as to the Portuguese specialties called Carcavellos, Lavradio, Fuzeta, Borba, Dâo, and Barraida, of no higher test than 18 of alcohol.

Article 4.

It is understood that the special concessions already granted or which may be granted in the future by Portugal to Spain and Brazil are not included in the most-favored-nation clause. However, if Portugal should extend these concessions to any other country whatsoever, they will be immediately extended to Switzerland.

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Article 5.

The terms of this convention are applicable, without exception, to the so-called adjacent Portuguese islands—that is to say, Madeira, Porto-Santo, and the Azores.

Article 6.

The products of Portuguese colonies, reexported from Portugal to Switzerland, shall have, on entry into the latter country, the benefit of the treatment of the most favored nation.

Article 7.

The present convention will come into force immediately after the exchange of ratifications and remain in force five years from that date.

In the event that either of the contracting parties fail to give notice twelve months before the end of this period, of its intention to annul this convention, the same shall remain in force until the expiration of a year from the day when one of the contracting parties shall have denounced it.

Article 8.

The present convention will be ratified, and the ratifications shall be exchanged at Berne, as soon as possible.

In faith whereof, the plenipotentiaries have signed the present convention and have affixed thereto their seals.

Dr. A. Deucher.
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Alberto d’Oliveira.
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