File No. No. 763.72112/5663

The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Saloniki ( Horton )


Your November 22. Enemy Trading Act appears to make unlawful for individuals or concerns in the United States, except with license, to trade or have any form of business or commercial communication or intercourse, or dealings directly or indirectly with any—

Individual or body of individuals of any nationality resident, or corporation incorporated within territory (including territory occupied by military or naval forces) of any nation at war with the United States, or an ally of such nation;
Individual or body of individuals of any nationality resident, or corporation incorporated, within any country other than the United States and doing business within such territory;
Enemy or ally-of-enemy government, or officer, official, agent, or agency thereof;
Individual or concern (regardless of nationality or residence) who there is reasonable cause to believe is conducting or taking part in trade directly or indirectly for, on account, on behalf, or for benefit of any above prohibited classes.

While, except with license, trade is prohibited everywhere with corporations incorporated under laws of Germany, Austria, or their allies, trade with nationals of such countries resident outside ally or enemy territory apparently not prohibited by act unless they fall within classes (b), (c), (d), or unless they are designated by presidential proclamation. President has not issued such proclamation.

The foregoing is a general statement of the law, but the Department or the proper branch of the Government may desire to consider particular cases in the light of their peculiar circumstances.