File No. 763.72112/543

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page )


871. In re late British lists of contraband. Department deeply concerned at Great Britain’s action in listing, “Resinous products and turpentine oil and spirit,” as contraband. This seriously affects an important industry of Southern States. Rosin is especially available for use as part cargo in cotton shipment. Inquire of British Government if term “resinous products” intended to include rosin proper, also grounds upon which products named are now ranked as contraband. Action is reversal of position of Great Britain as stated in British Embassy’s note to Department. November 1,1 upon which American shippers have relied. Changes of this sort create most unfortunate impression on parties interested and much adverse public criticism.