352.115/23: Telegram

The Third Secretary of Embassy in Spain (Wendelin) to the Secretary of State

X–50. Embassy has been approached by Spanish importers requesting protection stocks of merchandise on hand purchased outright in United States and for which American shippers have not received payment due to exchange restrictions or other causes. It is our understanding title to such stocks has passed to Spanish importers and that therefore our protection cannot properly be extended. Please advise whether this understanding correct.

Consul Barcelona advises Spanish ship Marcaribe of Nervion Line arrived there with American goods on board and must begin unloading within 3 days. Consul will attempt to prevent unloading if interested shippers will so instruct by cable. Suggest pertinent instructions be given Consuls other Spanish ports regarding possible American shipments now en route.