561.333D3/7–344: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Brazil (Caffery)

2048. From White28 for Donnelly.29

Representatives of the Department and other interested agencies have reached an understanding with Souza Costa30 under which the National Coffee Department will assure the sale of 1,500,000 bags of suitable quality coffee for August shipment to the United States, 1,000,000 of which will be for the armed forces. In addition, Brazil has assured the sale of a total of 1,000,000 bags monthly of suitable quality for the months September through December.
In order to meet Army requirements and to avoid rationing, it is imperative that this program be executed expeditiously and in full.

Souza Costa has informed National Coffee Department of the above and is awaiting latter’s confirmation that program will be met. Please keep in close touch with Guedes and trade and inform Department by telegram of prospects for execution of understanding. [White.]

  1. Telephoned by Ivan B. White from Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
  2. Walter J. Donnelly, Counselor of Embassy for Economic Affairs in Brazil.
  3. Reference is to the Memorandum of Understanding signed at Bretton Woods, N.H., July 4; text transmitted to Rio de Janeiro in airgram A–932, July 6, p. 632.