662.11241/13: Telegram

The Ambassador in Germany (Schurman) to the Secretary of State

72. Hamburg customs authorities have informed Consulate that, under a new ruling, goods cannot be admitted duty free for consuls already in the country and that duty must be paid on goods previously so admitted including automobiles. Foreign Office informs Embassy [Page 1107] that German Government is ready to accept on a basis of reciprocity whatever interpretation the American Government cares to put on article 27 of recent treaty86 and that it cabled the German Ambassador to take question up with the Department but has not yet had an answer.

  1. Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Rights, signed December 8, 1923, Foreign Relations, 1923, vol. ii, pp. 29, 43.