611.3231/439: Telegram

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

30. Department’s 37, April 24, 5 p.m. Brazil is disinclined to state formally that the United States will receive unconditional most-favored-nation clause because she will be forced to change her international tariff policy in which she has been educated by the United States through our annual insistence upon the reissue of our preferential list. This preferential policy the Brazilian Government finds convenient and desires to extend to other nations.

Brazilian Government entirely engrossed in Santiago Conference incapable of giving attention to other subjects. I await the return of Helio Lobo3 from conference to effect a satisfactory arrangement.

Brazil has regranted preferential treatment to Argentina’s fresh fruits in force for several years and based upon reciprocity; bananas and grapes are the principal fruits interchanged. Since Argentina’s apple season is the reverse of that in the United States this preferential at present produces little effect upon the sale of American apples. No other preferential have been given this year any foreign country.

Not likely that demand will be made for the refund of duty to which last sentence in the Department’s telegram refers.

  1. Brazilian consul general at New York and member of Brazilian delegation to Santiago Conference.