The Chargé in the Netherlands (Johnson) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 4.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s Instruction No. 87, of August 20th last, concerning the extension of the free importation privilege on a reciprocal basis to American and Dutch Consular Officers, I have the honor to report that I advised the Netherland Foreign Office in the sense of the above-mentioned instruction and have received a note in reply dated September 19th, a copy and translation of which are enclosed herewith.
This note extends the free importation privilege on a reciprocal basis and adds that in so doing the Dutch Government counts on the granting of exemption from excise taxes to Dutch Consular Officers in the United States. Specific information is also requested as to the viewpoint of the United States Government concerning the question of excise duties in general.
I have the honor, therefore, to request instructions in the premises.
- Legation’s despatch No. 205 of June 23rd. [Footnote in file translation.]↩