41. National Security Action Memorandum No. 750


  • The Secretary of State


  • Polish Government Taxes on Relief Packages

Is there anything we can properly do to persuade the Polish Government to lift their present restrictions in taxes which Polish recipients of a relief package must pay. I understand that shipment of used clothing makes up the bulk of the traffic.1

John F. Kennedy2
  1. Source: Department of State, S/SNSC Files: Lot 72 D 316, NSAM 75. Confidential. A copy was sent to the Director, USIA.
  2. In a memorandum to the President, October 19, Secretary Rusk reported that Polish customs levies had been reduced and that discussions with approximately 150 recipients of these packages produced only three complaints, all related to duties on new clothing imports. “The Embassy expressed its continuing belief that the new tariff presents no difficulty to recipients of normal gift parcels.” (Ibid.)
  3. Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.