740.00112 European War 1939/382: Telegram
The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Kennedy) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 25—3:44 p.m.]
2158. Your 1275, October 23, 3 p.m. Ministry of Economic Warfare states that certificates of origin are required and of course scrutinized only for goods consigned to Great Britain or points in the Empire. It was explained that they have to do this in order to assure that the trade is legitimate. If therefore a ship clearing from Antwerp with cargo both for the United States and for Great Britain refuses to sail until the certificates of origin for the British destined cargo have been established satisfactorily, then naturally there will be a delay in the sailing of the ship. The information contained in my 1858, September 28, 7 p.m., that at present no action whatever is being taken with regard to exports direct or indirect from Germany to neutral countries, was confirmed as correct.