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

No. 5142

Sir: In continuation of my despatch No. 4504, dated April 29, 1929, I have the honor to enclose for the Department’s information copy in translation of a decree92 granting exemption for the payment of customs duties and internal taxes to foreign consular officers stationed in Germany, provided reciprocity is granted by the appointing State, transmitted to the Embassy by the German Foreign Office.

With reference to the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 25, dated April 12, 3 p.m., 1926, authorizing the Embassy to insist on full reciprocity for American consular officers assigned to Germany in importing effects and merchandise free of duty at any time, the Embassy has the honor to request the Department’s authorization to inform the Foreign Office that the reciprocity is granted to German consular officers in the United States and that the authorization be sent by cablegram in order to assist American consular officers in Germany in receiving their Christmas packages.

I have [etc.]

Jacob Gould Schurman
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