881.512/32: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé at Tangier ( Rand )


20. The Spanish Ambassador, acting under instructions from his Government, today informed the Department that the consumption tax in question does not apply to Semsar Cohen’s shipment of gin and that there has been no attempt made to collect tax on this shipment. If the facts are as stated you are instructed to act in the sense of Department’s telegraphic instruction no. 19, July 19, 4 p.m., without reference to the qualifying clause which relates to Cohen’s shipment; but [Page 591] you will add that this Government reserves its jurisdiction over those persons who may be accused of violating the provisions of the dahir establishing consumption tax on coffee, tea and sugar. Cable action taken.

Any request that Cohen may make for your assistance in matter of other taxation which the Spanish authorities may be trying to impose improperly would, it appears to the Department, be the subject for separate representations.