811.114 Belgium/277: Telegram

The Chargé in Belgium (Sussdorff) to the Secretary of State

47. Department’s 20, June 25, 5 p.m., and my 44, June 26, 7 p.m.25 Costermans has just informed me that the Belgian Ministry of Finance has approved new regulations providing that shipment of alcohol from Belgium shall henceforth be restricted to vessels of regular route and itinerary and minimum tonnage of 3000 tons net and to barrels containing 100 liters which he declares will weigh about 200 kilograms and will be too heavy to transship at sea without the aid of a crane. Costermans stated that a decree will be signed by the Minister of Finance in a few days and that the new regulations will then be put into effect as an administrative measure.

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