835.24/5–1945: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Argentina (Reed)

554. You are being instructed by separate telegram No. 55261 regarding procedure to be followed with respect to United States exports [Page 537] to Argentina. The revised export policy agreed to by the Department and FEA is as follows:

Within the limits of the supply situation, exports to Argentina will be licensed only upon recommendation of the Embassy in Buenos Aires, thereby keeping the control in hands of the Embassy. In exercising this control, these general criteria should be followed: First, exports will be approved for materials which will be used in Argentina having either direct or indirect connection with increased production of commodities needed in the war effort; second, no exports will be licensed which in any way would delay the speedy liquidation of Axis firms and commercial interests in Argentina; .…

The foregoing applies to the export of all materials except munitions or materials consigned to the armed forces of Argentina. You will be instructed separately with respect to export of any materials to Argentine armed forces.62

Exports of rubber products will be handled under the terms of the Brazilian-American-Argentine agreement63 which is on file in the Embassy.

  1. Supra.
  2. For a statement of Department policy on this matter, see letter from the Acting Director, Office of American Republic Affairs, to Cmdr. Herbert O. Parker of the Pan American Division, Navy Department, June 11, p. 540.
  3. For text of agreement of May 2, 1945, see Department of State, Treaties and Other International Acts Series No. 1542, or 60 Stat. (pt. 2) 1821.