660f.116Auto/26: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Czechoslovakia (Einstein)


39. Your despatch No. 1606, July 23. The efforts of the Legation to obtain import licenses for additional automobiles are approved. An immediate abandonment of the contingent system cannot, of course, [Page 711] in view of the agreement recently, reached at the Geneva conference,49 be appropriately urged, yet the inequitable allotment thereunder of licenses is a proper subject for energetic representations. The quotas of other countries exporting automobiles have, so the Department understands, more than sufficed heretofore to satisfy their requirements. The apportionment of quotas in such a way that United States trade is restricted seriously, while the trade of several other countries in fact is unrestricted, is discrimination which you should emphasize.