The Chargé at Tangier (Schott) to the Secretary of State

No. 1063

Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of a Note dated September 30, 1942 addressed by the Legation to General Uriarte, [Page 504] Delegate in Tangier of the Spanish High Commissioner in Morocco, in connection with a pretension contrary to treaty provisions put forward by the Spanish authorities in charge of the Customs in Tangier, to their right to examine the contents of packages addressed to foreign diplomatic and consular representatives at this post.

The note referred to follows the suggestion contained in the concluding paragraph of the Legation’s despatch No. 1005 of August 27, 1942 approved by the Department’s cable instruction No. 173 of September 24, 1942.

The Legation will not fail to apprise the Department of General Uriarte’s eventual response to the communication, and of any further developments in this matter.

Respectfully yours,

William W. Schott

The American Chargé at Tangier (Schott) to General Jenaro Uriarte, Delegate in Tangier of the Spanish High Commissioner for Morocco

My Dear General Uriarte and Distinguished Friend: Reference is made to previous correspondence, in particular to Mr. Childs’ note of August 13, 1942, replying to your communication of August 11, 1942, concerning the question of the customs inspection of seven postal packages which arrived in mid-June and two at the beginning of August last addressed to this Legation, and are still lying at the Spanish Post Office.

In order to dispose of this matter I would inform you that I am prepared to acquiesce in the examination by the Customs of the contents of the nine packages under reference, without prejudice to the treaty principles involved, or to the specific American treaty rights in the premises as recited in Mr. Childs’ note of July 29, 1942 addressed to his Spanish colleague, Señor Soriano, which was the occasion of your note to him of August 11, 1942, and on the further understanding that such inspection shall not be taken to imply a precedent for the treatment of any parcels which may arrive in the future for this Legation or for the American Consulate General.

When acknowledging this communication will you be good enough, dear General and distinguished friend, to let me know the date and hour when it may be arranged for a member of the Legation, bearing [Page 505] the customs franchise passes, to be present at the opening of the parcels in question by the Customs officers.76

With kind personal regards,

Sincerely yours,

William W. Schott
  1. In despatch No. 1072, October 8, 1942, the Chargé reported that on October 6 the Legation sent a Vice Consul to the post office and in his presence one package of each of two sizes was opened. The packages were then delivered without delay. (852.711/112)