The Chargé in Ecuador (Sparks) to the Secretary of State

No. 565

Sir: I have the honor to state that in the course of my conversation today with the Director of the Commercial Section of the Foreign Office, reported in my despatch No. 563 of October 13, 1936,22 Dr. Banda expressed the hope that we might be able soon to place American-Ecuadorean trade relations on a definitive basis. I told him that the question is now being given consideration by the Department, but that no decision has as yet been taken.

He added that his Government is particularly interested in obtaining a more favorable treatment for certain Ecuadorean products. As I realized that the Department would like advance information as to the products in which Ecuador is interested in obtaining concessions, I inquired further. Dr. Banda stated that his Government is interested in obtaining the maximum reduction of 50% of the existing duties on:

  • Panama hats;
  • Naranjilla juice;
  • Mineral waters;
  • Carbonic gas; and
  • Lentils.

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I do not think that this is an exhaustive list of the products, but it is undoubtedly the principal ones since the binding on the free list of cacao, bananas, and other tropical products.

Respectfully yours,

Edward J. Sparks
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