The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Uruguay (Dominian)

No. 5

Sir: There are enclosed copies of a communication dated June 6, 1935, from Senator Charles L. McNary, and the Department’s reply thereto,5 with respect to the difficulties encountered by the Douglas Fir Exploitation and Export Company in competition with Russian lumber in Uruguay. In connection with this situation reference is made to despatch No. 647 dated May 23, 1935, from the American Consul General at Montevideo.6

You are requested to make appropriate investigation of the allegation contained in Senator McNary’s letter to the effect that preferential customs concessions are being granted to imports of Russian lumber. If your investigation should reveal that preferential customs treatment is being given Russian imports over American imports, you may take up the matter with the appropriate officials of the Uruguayan Government and request that the discrimination be removed. The results of your investigation and of any action taken in the premises should be transmitted by air mail.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Sumner Welles
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