The Minister in Egypt (Jardine) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 5.]
Sir: I have the honor to inform the Department that on September 13, 1932, I addressed a note to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs requesting that the high dues and charges now prevailing in the port of Alexandria be called to the attention of the Ministry of Finance with a view to consideration of their reduction by the latter. A copy of the note in question is enclosed herewith.
This action was requested by Mr. J. L. McCormack, District Manager of the Export Steamship Corporation, in a letter dated July [Page 656] 26, 1932, a copy of which is enclosed together with a translation of a memorandum transmitted with his letter57 which gives the present status and the background of this question.
My Greek, French, German and Italian colleagues have sent similar notes to the Foreign Office. I understand that the Residency will likewise take action although I am unable to state in exactly what form.
As the matter is of particular interest to two American steamship lines—the Export Line whose vessels call at Alexandria once each week, and the Dollar Line whose vessels call once every fortnight—I venture to hope that the Department will approve of my action.
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