740.00112 European War 1939/4831: Telegram

The Minister in Sweden (Johnson) to the Secretary of State

31. After Germany’s declaration of war on United States, Germany implied to Sweden that it would permit no further shipments of steel goods to any American country. In last few days however Germany has indicated its willingness to permit Swedish exports of miscellaneous steel goods to neutral ports in South America provided they cannot be used for war purposes directly or indirectly and provided there is a guaranty against reexport from importing country. Razor blade steel and articles such as refrigerators, stoves, calculating machines to neutral countries, but no gauges or ball bearings Will be permitted. Shipment of goods to Sweden along lines permitted last year from Western Hemisphere countries including United States to be continued.