635.113 Lumber/10

The Chargé in Argentina (White) to the Secretary of State

No. 1512

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s instruction No. 517 of November 13, 1931, File No. 635.003/189,10 directing me to endeavor to obtain removal of the apparent discrimination against American lumber involved in the exemption of South American white pine from the additional duty of ten per cent ad valorem imposed in the Argentine Government’s decree of October 6. I may also in this connection refer to my despatch No. 1502 of January 15, 1932, on the same subject. I enclose herewith the copies of the memorandum of the Foreign Office in reply to my representations, together with a translation of the same, and copies of comments contained in a note to me from the Commercial Attaché on this subject.11 Before taking further action, I await the Department’s instructions.

Respectfully yours,

J. C. White
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The Argentine Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the American Embassy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes pleasure in informing the Embassy of the United States in reply to its memorandum of December 12, 1931, that South American white pine wood included in Section 1216 of the Tariff Valuations, (Tarifa de Avalúos) has been distinguished from other woods of pine which have been entered under Section 1217 to 1220 inclusive, by reason of differences in quality, type, price, etc., and this for many years without any objection. (observaciónes.) This pine is known under the name of Brazilian pine, or Paraná pine. The exemption provided by the decree of the 6th of October of the past year is based, precisely, on said differences. South American white pine is not similar to any North American pine, or those included in the other customs classifications, it being similar only to Siberian pine. As a result Article 4 of the Treaty of Commerce of 1853 is not applicable in this case.

  1. File number changed to 635.113 Lumber/3.
  2. Note from Commercial Attaché not printed.