638.5131/13: Telegram

The Ambassador in France (Herrick) to the Secretary of State


300. Your 193, July 14, 7 p.m. Foreign Office has informed me that negotiations are still continuing for a new commercial treaty between France and Haiti, and that French Government is hopeful that [Page 413] a satisfactory agreement will be reached.19 In the meantime, the French do not propose to apply the maximum duty on Haitian coffee, provided that Government of Haiti continues the present favorable treatment of products of France. The French feel that Haiti’s new tariff is very high and they want a definite treaty arrangement whereby substantial reductions will be made in rates on certain articles of interest to France.

The French take the position that they are not asking for discrimination against other countries in their favor and they perceive nothing in their demands which is inconsistent with Haitian principle of most-favored-nation treatment. They understand that reductions in rates extended in regard to certain articles would be extended to other countries which have most-favored-nation treaties with Haiti.

  1. A convention between France and Haiti was perfected and signed July 29, 1926; British and Foreign State Papers, vol. cxxiv, p. 420.