660f.116Auto/40: Telegram

The Chargé in Czechoslovakia (Gittings) to the Secretary of State

79. Regarding automobile contingent situation. Does Department wish me to file written protest against delay in answering last note? If so, please instruct and outline. Fault lies with Ministry of Commerce, and with all due allowances I feel the delay now approaches point of discourtesy, not to mention further injury to automobile business due to continued uncertainty. Commercial Attaché agrees with this and reports only about 100 licenses issued so far since November 5, beginning of new contingent year; also several hundred cars held in customs.