893.512/410: Telegram

The Chargé in China (Mayer) to the Secretary of State

479. 1. In connection with first sentence, paragraph 2, of Legation’s 462, October 8, 8 p.m., I report that Shantung provincial government has instituted a so-called “goods tax” of 2 percent ad valorem on all merchandise, foreign and Chinese, arriving or shipped into Shantung Province. The American consuls at Tsingtau and Tsinan have protested locally, and I have taken similar action with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Standard Oil Company has just lodged a protest against this new tax with the Legation.

2. Japanese and British consuls at Tsingtau have also protested locally against tax.