The Ambassador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 14—11:22 a.m.]
2475. In order to minimize delays to American ships, arrangements have been made by the French Blockade Ministry for the submission of manifests to that Ministry by the Paris representative of American ships prior to their arrival in France. The manifests will be examined within 24 to 48 hours and the ships’ representatives notified as to questionable items in order that the investigation necessary to establish that the items in question are not destined to the enemy may be begun.