893.512/589: Telegram

The Minister in China ( MacMurray ) to the Secretary of State

684. Following from American consul general at Shanghai:

“53. June 29, 11 a.m. Notice dated June 27 has just been issued by the Surtax Revenue Department, Nanking, stating that the Nationalist Government, Nanking, is proceeding to collect a surtax on exports amounting to one-half of the existing customs export duty on and after July 1, 1927. Notice specifying the rate of the surtax on luxuries will be promulgated later. No action has been taken by any of the local organizations.”