Ambassador Meyer to the Secretary of State.

No. 7.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s instruction No. 3, of March 31, relating to the discriminatory, customs duties imposed since the year 1901 upon certain American products, and to inclose to you herewith a copy of my note on the subject addressed to the Russian Government on April 14.

I have, etc.,

G. v. L. Meyer.

Ambassador Meyer to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Excellency: Under instructions from the Government of the United States of America, I beg leave to call the attention of the Imperial Government to the discriminating customs duties imposed since the year 1901 upon certain American products, especially machinery, tools, and manufactures of iron and steel, on their importation into Russia.

The Russian minister of finance, in an order published February 15, 1901, to take effect March 22, 1901, withdrew the benefits of the Russian conventional or minimum tariff for European commerce from the products of American manufactures enumerated in tariff articles 150, 151, 152, 153, 161, and section 2 of article 167, and applied thereto the higher rates prescribed in the general tariff, involving increases of duty of 20 and 30 per cent.

These discriminations against American trade have now continued for four years, during which period the trade relations between the two countries have been seriously hampered.

In order to help and stimulate mutual commercial intercourse I would respectfully beg your excellency to bring this matter to the attention of the Imperial Government, and that on further consideration it will be found favorably disposed to the discontinuance of the existing discriminating duties on important American articles of export and at the same time restoring the full benefits of most-favored-nation tariff on all imports from the United States.

I avail, etc.,

George von Lengerke Meyer.