893.512 Flour/4: Telegram

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

206. Your 494, June 26, 4 p.m.

Protest authorized but only if based on official information showing collection of the tax on American imported flour in open [Page 505] ports or in transit under cover of exemption certificates or transit pass, or that the tax is discriminatory. For Department’s attitude toward such protests in general see Department’s telegrams, 1927, 61, February 15, 4 p.m.,49 paragraph 3; 270, July 1, 5 p.m.,50 and 283, July 12, 3 p.m.,51 paragraphs 1 and 4.
Franklin F. Korell, Member of Congress, from Oregon, telegraphs Department that cable from Hong Kong flour trade indicates Chinese authorities at Canton threatening to impose 7½ per cent ad valorem duty on flour imports. You will investigate and if Canton authorities appear to be violating treaty provisions, you will protest to Nationalist higher authorities.