The Minister in the Netherlands ( Emmet ) to the Secretary of State

No. 583

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s Instruction No. 269, of June 23, 1936, upon receipt of which a note was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (No. 288, of July 2, 1936), a copy of which is enclosed.

A satisfactory reply, a copy and translation of which are enclosed, has just been received from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, from which it will be seen that, on a reciprocal basis, the Netherlands Government agrees to our suggestions.

Respectfully yours,

Grenville T. Emmet
[Enclosure 1]

The American Minister ( Emmet ) to the Netherland Minister for Foreign Affairs ( De Graef )

No. 288

Excellency: I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that the American Government has received information to the effect that American Trade Commissioners in the Netherlands Indies are allowed free entry for their effects, including their automobiles, upon first arrival and upon return from leave of absence in the United States, but not at any other time. The American Government also understands that the privilege of free entry at any time may be extended to such officers by a reciprocal agreement between the American Government and that of the Netherlands.

The American Treasury Department has informed the Department of State that it has no objection to extending on the basis of reciprocity, to Netherlands Trade Commissioners assigned in the United States and their families, the privilege of importing articles for their personal use under the understanding that such officers shall be nationals of the Netherlands and not engaged in any private occupation for gain, and that no article the importation of which is prohibited by the laws of the United States shall be imported by them.

I am consequently instructed by my Government to inquire whether the Netherlands Government would be willing to extend to American Trade Commissioners and Assistant Trade Commissioners assigned to the Netherlands and its colonial possessions privileges similar to those which the American Treasury Department has expressed its willingness to extend to Netherlands Trade Commissioners within the United States.

I avail myself [etc.]

Grenville T. Emmet
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[Enclosure 2—Translation]

The Netherland Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the American Legation

Note Verbale

In reply to the Note Verbale from the Legation of the United States of America No. 288, of July 2nd, last, the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the honor to inform the above-named Legation that the Netherlands Government is disposed to grant to commercial agents and assistant commercial agents of the United States of America domiciled in the Netherlands or in the Netherlands overseas territories, on condition of reciprocity, freedom from customs duties on goods which they import from abroad for their personal use (or for the use of members of their family), provided that they are foreigners and that they do not fulfil any other function nor carry on any trade in the Netherlands or in the Netherlands overseas territories.

The necessary instructions have already been given to the competent authorities.