The Secretary of State to the Minister in Uruguay (Lay)

No. 17

Sir: There is enclosed a copy of a letter, dated August 5, 1935,7 received from the American Manufacturers Export Association, of 330 West Forty-second Street, New York, New York, reporting a rumor that the Uruguayan Government has increased customs duties on all articles imported from the United States by 30%, whereas for other countries the duties were raised by only 15%.

You are requested to investigate the matter and if your investigation shows that there is customs discrimination against the United [Page 955]States, you are authorized to take the matter up with the Uruguayan Minister for Foreign Affairs and ask that the discrimination be removed.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Sumner Welles
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