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

121. Your 226, October 17, 5 p.m. For your information a number of inquiries with respect to the possible exportation of rubber have come to this Department and other agencies of the Government since the President’s statement on September 26, but in all cases the Government agencies have actively discouraged such exports and the Department is informed through the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Rubber Trade Association that, so far as information is available, [Page 884] no sales of rubber for export to European countries have taken place since the President’s statement. It seems probable that the only-exports of rubber (other than normal reexports or transshipments to nearby countries) that will take place will be the approximately 10,000 tons which was bought in September before the 26th. The great bulk of this rubber was bought for Russian account by the English dealers, Hecht, Levis and Kahn, who have a branch office in New York.