833.77/249a: Telegram

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

33. The American Car and Foundry Company alleges that, although it is the low bidder, there is a possibility that because of German pressure and Uruguayan trade policy the Uruguayan Government may give an order for railway equipment to German manufacturers. Please endeavor discreetly to ascertain whether discrimination has occurred or is likely to occur against American bidders for this order.

Please report briefly by cable. If discrimination is clearly indicated and the matter appears urgent you may informally discuss the matter with the appropriate Uruguayan authorities expressing the hope that American concerns will be allowed to compete for Uruguayan Government business on equal terms with other foreign firms.