837.658/43: Airgram

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

A–2231. Reference your despatch 4276, August 24, regarding American Dehydrating Company and requesting a definite statement as to the interested agency’s views in the matter, and whether they propose to approve export application for the materials, supplies and equipment required for the erection of a second or even a third plant.

Mr. Cohen has been advised that Commodity Credit Corporation will administer his contract in such a way that he will not be embarrassed by inability to deliver due to no fault of his own.

There are no present plans to authorize export application for materials, etc., for a second or third plant. Should the position in regard to this matter change, you will be advised.

Import recommendations should be approved only for requirements for first plant of subject project pending consideration and action in Washington on additional plants.

The Department understands that the War Production Board approved necessary equipment and the Office of Economic Warfare granted export licenses September 14 for needed equipment for first plant. Furthermore, it is the Department’s understanding that initial unit is up and practically completed.