41.006/404: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Kennedy) to the Secretary of State

1411. Embassy’s 1383, September 2, 5 p.m.3 Following is Board of Trade announcement dated September 3.

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“The Board of Trade announce that they have made an order under the Imports Exports and Customs Powers (Defence) Act 1939 which was passed into law on Friday last prohibiting imports of certain goods except under licence. The object of the order is to limit with effect from the 5th September imports of luxuries and of goods of which there are sufficient home supplies in order to conserve exchange for the additional purchases of other products required in war time. The main categories of goods covered by the order are pottery and glass, cutlery, clocks and watches, textile goods and apparel (including footwear), certain chemicals and paints, soap, office machinery (including typewriters), motor cars, musical instruments, perfumery and toilet requisites, toys and games and luxury foodstuffs.

Enquiries should be addressed to the Import Licensing Department, 25 Southampton Buildings, Chancery Lane, London, WCZ”.

I have received a proof copy of the order and two related schedules which are not to be published before tomorrow. As they cover eight fine print pages they will not be telegraphed unless requested.

  1. Not printed; it listed those raw materials and goods of importance to the United States which the United Kingdom had prohibited export (600.419/627).