The Secretary of State to the Minister in Haiti ( White )
Sir: Reference is made to the memorandum2 enclosed with the Department’s instruction no. 302 of December 11, 1941,3 with regard to the applicability of the most-favored-nation provisions of the trade agreement with Haiti to tariff reductions to be accorded by the latter to the Dominican Republic by a Treaty of Commerce signed August 26, 1941.4
Examination of the treaty and of the probable effects on Haitian-American trade of the tariff preferences which it would grant to the Dominican Republic in the light of the action of the Inter-American Financial and Economic Advisory Committee in recommending a contractual [Page 461] formula for tariff preferences to contiguous countries, leads the Department to believe that the economic considerations involved are not such as to warrant refusal by this Government to waive its rights under the most-favored-nation provisions of the first paragraph of Article VII of the trade agreement in so far as the tariff preferences specifically provided for in the treaty are concerned.
You are authorized to transmit the enclosed memorandum and the draft of an exchange of notes5 for the consideration of the appropriate Haitian authorities as an indication of the procedure that would be acceptable to this Government.
You may proceed with the formal exchange of notes at any time following approval of the proposed texts by the Haitian Government. However, in order that appropriate publicity may be arranged for here, you should inform the Department as far in advance as possible of the date on which the exchange will take place and of the name and title of the Haitian official who will sign the Haitian note.
Very truly yours,
- Memorandum of December 5, 1941, Foreign Relations, 1941, vol. vii, p. 362.↩
- Ibid., p. 365.↩
- For text of the treaty, see British and Foreign State Papers, vol. cxliv, p. 754.↩
- Draft notes were the same as notes signed February 16 and 19, 1942; see bracketed note, p. 465.↩
- Foreign Relations, 1941, vol. vii, p. 361.↩