The Minister in Poland (Gibson) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received March 6—6:45 a.m.]
130. Polish Government will not at present permit American firms to be registered to do business Poland on the ground that it is awaiting assurances that Polish firms may be registered in the United States. If, however, it is desired to ship goods from Poland to the United States, the export license will not be granted unless the applicant is able to produce his registration number which in the case of American firms is of course now impossible. Americans are thereby automatically barred from export trade. I should be glad to have information from the Department as to the treatment accorded Polish firms in the United States and such general instructions as the Department considers desirable.
It is of course extremely important for Poland to establish a flow of exports and such obstructionist tactics as the Government has thus far pursued are distinctly harmful to Polish interests. The Department may desire to have me take the matter up in connection with the general question of American business discussed in my number 118 of March 1, 6 p.m.37
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