667.003/132: Telegram

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

Local Greek administration has published notices that all products or merchandise not indigenous to the country shall be subjected to import duty when arriving here from other ports of Ottoman Empire not occupied by them. This affects particularly American manufactured articles imported by branch offices Smyrna from Constantinople where duty has already been paid. This measure appears to be in direct contravention to attitude of the Department as previously indicated in telegram received by the Legation at Athens February 16th and following instructions of the High Commission we are protesting vigorously against same. The Italian and the French delegates have protested also.