Editorial Note

On March 26, 1948, President Truman issued a Proclamation (No. 2776) which redefined arms, ammunition and implements of war so as to include commercial aircraft of less than 35,000 pounds, a category of exports which had not been subject to licensing control in 1947, and so as to include a number of miscellaneous categories of equipment of a military nature, also not previously included in the definition of arms. The export licensing procedures of the Munitions Division of the Department of State were to be used in implementing the Proclamation which had received the usual clearance by the National Munitions Control Board. It was expected that these additional controls would be exercised in such a way as to prevent the shipment of goods in these categories to any of the countries of Eastern Europe. For the text of the Proclamation, see 13 Federal Register 1623.