The Chargé in Cuba ( Howell ) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 26.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s instruction No. 128 of October 2, 1923, (file no. 811.114/1933) regarding the arrangement with the Cuban Government whereby the United States is informed regarding shipments of liquor leaving Cuban ports presumably for the purpose of being smuggled into the United States.
In accordance with this instruction, the Cuban Government has been approached informally, in order to determine whether it would be disposed to include in this arrangement a provision denying clearances to vessels carrying cargoes of liquor directly destined for the United States, since the importation of such cargoes is against the laws of that country. The Secretary for Foreign Affairs seemed favorably to consider this provision, but suggested that if there were a precedent it would help him considerably in presenting the case to his government. I was able to refer him to the action of Great Britain, and quoted the extract from the note from the British Embassy as contained in the fourth paragraph of the instruction under acknowledgment, which states that “no spirituous liquors are cleared direct from the United Kingdom to United States ports.”
The arrangement providing for the reciprocal exchange of information between the governments of the United States and Cuba was arrived at by a formal exchange of notes, copies of which are attached hereto.
As to the possibility of Cuba prohibiting in the future the exportation of liquor on ships of less than 250 tons, nothing further has been done in this matter, but I believe that should the Department [Page 260] care to press the matter, the Cuban Government would be inclined to act favorably.
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