893.113 Airplanes/96: Telegram

The Minister in China ( Johnson ) to the Secretary of State

98. Foreign Office in note dated February 13th55 announces cancellation of previous regulations governing importation of airplane materials and detailed rules for their enforcement and promulgation of new regulations. Foreign merchants are requested to change procedure immediately and use letters of approval and permits issued by the National Aviation Commission instead of those formerly issued by Ministry of Military Administration.

New regulations specify that 10 copies each of shipping declaration and list of materials should be submitted; that stamp tax and permit fee will be $6.50 for each permit; that a guarantee bond by a reliable business concern be produced; and that these documents and fees be submitted through the appropriate diplomatic mission or consulate to Ministry of Foreign Affairs for transmission to the National Aviation Commission.

Letters and permits previously issued covering shipments already in transit remain effective within period of validity of such letters and permits as does procedure at port of importation. Permits covering shipments not yet in transit should be exchanged for new ones. Procedure for exchange of permits requires submission of two copies of list of articles and stamp tax of $1.50 by foreign merchant concerned through his diplomatic mission or consulate.

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Foreign Office states that the new regulations are now in hands of printers and that copies will be supplied at a later date.56

For the Minister:
  1. Not printed; the main point of difference between the new regulations announced therein and the old regulations was that jurisdiction was transferred from the Ministry of Military Administration under the Executive Yuan to the National Aviation Commission under control of General Chiang Kai-shek.
  2. A copy of the new regulations was transmitted to the Department in the Legation’s despatch No. 3435, March 8; received April 8.