800.8836/946: Airgram

The Ambassador in Cuba (Braden) to the Secretary of State

A–112. Referring to Department’s telegram No. 716 of August 24, 11 p.m., local office War Shipping Administration advises next Seatrain vessel will leave Habana with four cars canned pineapple instead of grapefruit in order to fill available space. Remaining 16 refrigerator cars here will carry canned pineapple if other products not available. Recommend exemption of grapefruit from Order M–63 for shipment on vessels of 1,000 deadweight tons or less.