File No. 763.72112/2630

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


590. Department’s telegram 315, May 20.1 Reply from Minister of Foreign Affairs yesterday says Netherlands Oversea Trust absolutely private corporation not under special Government control. Trust at first decided to limit coffee imports to coffee-producing countries on account of shortage in shipping space for other goods from the United States. Coffee from London and Havre accepted by Trust because offering greater profits than from New York on account of shorter voyage. Trust puts Netherlands interests first but does not intend discrimination against the United States. A written despatch follows.

Van Dyke
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