The Consul at Beirut (Knabenshue) to the Secretary of State
[Received 6:05 p.m.]
French High Commissioner informs me that accord between the United States and France has been signed and pending ratification requests consent to new customs duties as follows: Duty to be raised from 11 percent as formerly to 15 percent on all articles with the exception of live animals, cereals, flour, rice, coffee, sugar, preserves, butter, milk, cheese, mineral water, lumber and chemical manures, the duty on all of which will remain at 11 percent. The duty on alcohol to be more than 15 percent but the exact amount not yet fixed. The above customs duties are applicable to all goods from States which are members of League of Nations and from the United States,’ while goods from other sources will pay 30 percent.
Please telegraph consent to new tariff as applicable to American goods.