File No. 763.72112/1012

The Minister in the Netherlands ( Van Dyke ) to the Secretary of State

[Telegram]

243. Your 142. Oversea Trust makes following ruling for goods shipped before April 30:

Will receive certain non-contraband goods but only if for Holland consumption and if this is only way to avoid detention and if permission for each specific case is requested and obtained by consignee. Tobacco, cocoa, and coffee can move under this ruling. In any and all cases consignment to Oversea Trust definitely precludes reexportation to enemies of Allies.

Notify Commerce Department.

Van Dyke

[For a statement of the conditions under which the Oversea Trust aided in forwarding goods brought out from Germany, see telegram No. 257, April 30, 1915, from the Minister in the Netherlands, above, page 212.]