501. Editorial Note

On March 22, 1957, President Eisenhower requested the United States Tariff Commission to make an investigation of the effects of imports of tung oil on the domestic price-support program for tung nuts and tung oil. For text of the President’s letter to the Chairman of the Tariff Commission, see Department of State Bulletin, April 8, 1957, page 585. The investigation was to be made pursuant to section 22 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act, which authorized limitations on imports when imports were interfering with or threatened to interfere with domestic price-support or marketing programs. For text of the Act, see 48 Stat. 31 or 7 U.S.C. 624. Paraguay and Argentina were major exporters of the crop. Informal discussions ensued between representatives of the Department of State and the Governments of Paraguay and of Argentina over the possibility of a voluntary agreement. Documentation concerning this subject is in Department of State, Central File 411.000.