Executive Agreement Series No. 40


The American Chargé in Belgium (Mayer) to the Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs (Hymans)8

No. 804

Mr. Minister: I have the honor to refer to Your Excellency’s note of February 4, 1932 (Direction Générale B, Section I.B./Comm., No. C.24/354) and to its enclosures, regarding the conclusion of an arrangement between Belgium and the United States for the reciprocal recognition of ship load line certificates.

My Government agrees, as requested in this note, to recognize the certificates issued by the Government of Belgium pursuant to the Royal Decree of September 14, 1931, which allows Belgian shipowners the privilege of obtaining for their vessels the load line established in conformity with the ruling which forms an annex to the International Load Line Convention signed at London on July 5, 1930.

The Government of the United States accordingly understands that the arrangement has been completed by the exchange of notes and is effective from the date of this note.

I would greatly appreciate confirmation of this understanding, and I avail myself [etc.]

Ferdinand Lathrop Mayer
  1. Transmitted to the Department by the Ambassador in Belgium as an enclosure to his despatch No. 1074, June 18; received July 2.