862.852/36: Telegram

The Chargé in Mexico (Boal) to the Secretary of State

329. Refer Embassy’s telegram 280, September 26, 5 p.m. Suarez said that Germany so far was delivering merchandise according to asserted agreements and that until a default occurred he could not take any measures to seize German ships. He said that Germany is delivering the merchandise to Mexican Consulates in neutral ports mentioning particularly Rotterdam. He said that such procedure placed the merchandise under Mexican ownership before its departure from neutral ports. Suarez said Germans had notified him that they were ready to deliver to Rotterdam 1,000 tons cast-iron pipe; 200 tons steel pipe; two suction dredges; one turbine and one mariposa valve. Structural bridge steel at Vigo, Spain being transferred to Italian vessel for Mexican delivery. Remainder of structural steel is to be delivered to Holland for transshipment to Mexico.