The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Honduras (Erwin)

No. 1379

Sir: The Department refers to the Embassy’s despatch no. 224, July 15, 1943, with reference to Honduran consular charges on equipment for the Inter-American Highway. In this connection a copy of a letter which has been received by an official of the Department from the Counsel of the Export-Import Bank of Washington is enclosed for the Embassy’s information.30

The Embassy is requested to discuss this matter further with the appropriate Honduran authorities with a view to carrying out the Department’s earlier instructions nos. 1294 of June 10, 1943 and 1322 of July 6, 1943.31

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
A. A. Berle, Jr.
  1. This letter, dated August 5, from James F. Mersereau to John Cabot, Assistant Chief of the Division of the American Republics, expressed approval of Departmental opposition to “requesting or permitting waivers of import duties on American products for the purpose of meeting special situations, when such duties are necessary to cover government obligations.” In conclusion, Mr. Mersereau assured the Department that the Bank would gladly clarify for the Honduran Government article 6 of the agreement of September 9, 1942, if the wording of the contract were not sufficiently clear (810.154/3032).
  2. Latter not printed.