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of the United States and France, under the authority conferred by section 4 of the act of Congress entitled “ An act to provide revenue for the Government and to encourage the industries of the United States," approved July 24, 1897. Respectfully submitted.
JOHN HAY. DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, December 5, 1899.
1 The United States of America and the French Republic ani2 mated by a desire to facilitate and increase the commercial inter3 course between the two countries, have agreed to conclude a recip4 rocal Convention for that purpose, and have appointed their 5 respective Plenipotentiaries therefor, namely:6 The President of the United States of America, Honorable 7 John A. Kasson, Special Commissioner Plenipotentiary, etc. and 8 The President of the French Republic, His Excellency Jules 9 Cambon, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Com10 mander of the Legion of Honor, etc. etc. who, after having com11 municated to each other their respective full powers in good and 12 due form, have agreed upon the following articles:
14 It is agreed on the part of France that all articles of merchan. 15 dise being the product of the soil or industry of the United States 16 of America exported to France or Algeria (whether shipped 17 directly to a French or Algerian Port or arriving by way of an 18 intermediate port) shall be admitted into France and Algeria 19 upon payment only of the minimum rates of duty imposed on the 20 like articles of any other origin; and no port or other charges of 21 any kind shall be imposed upon such merchandise prior to enter22 ing into consumption unless they are such as are equally applied 23 to importations from all foreign countries; and no prohibition or 24 restriction of the importation of any of the products of the United 2.5 States shall be made except such as shall equally apply to the 26 like products in the like condition arriving from any other country. 27 The right to provide sanitary measures against the introduction of 28 pests or of infectious or contagious diseases is reserved. 29 The following articles of merchandise are excepted from the 30 provisions of this Article respecting the minimum rates of duty, 31 namely:
French Tariff No. 32 1. Horses.
33 37. Butter. 34 89ter. Lucerne and clover seed. 35 164. Fodder. 36 205. Cast iron. 37 476. Skins and hides prepared. 38 478 to 482. Boots and shoes, and parts of same. 39 488. Belts and cords and other leather articles manufactured for 40 machinery. 41 524. Dynamos. 42 525. Machine-tools. 43 536, Dynamo conductors, and parts. 44 536bis. Arc lamps known as regulators, 45 91, Sugar. 46 163. Chicory roots, green or dried. 47 34. Eggs. 48 36. Cheese. 4938. Honey. 50 347. Porcelain. 51 462. Cardboard, rough in sheets,
ARTICLE II. 53 Reciprocally, it is agreed on the part of the United States that 54 the articles of merchandise the product of the soil or industry of 55 France or Algeria designated and described in the following 56 Schedule (whether shipped directly to a United States port or 57 arriving by way of an intermediate port) shall be admitted into 58 the United States on payment only of the reduced duties as 59 declared and set forth in said Schedule; and no port or other 60 charges of any kind shall be imposed upon such merchandise prior
to its entering into consumption except such as are equally applied 62 to importations from all foreign countries; and no prohibition or 63 restriction of the importation of any of the products of France or 64 Algeria shall be made except such as shall equally apply to the 65 like products in the like condition arriving from any other country. 66 The right to provide sanitary measures against the introduction of 67 pests or of infectious or contagious diseases is reserved
69 Of articles the product of the soil or industry of France and 70 Algeria on which reduction of duties is conceded by the United 71 States together with percentage of concession upon the present 72 duties thereon:
As described in U.S.
Tariff Act Nos.
Rate of reduction.
Per cent. Silk goods ...
384 to 391 inclusive ...
5 Cotton goods: Hosiery and knit goods
317, 318, 319.
20 Suspenders, passementerio
5 Cotton fabrics mixed with silk
5 Plush and velvet......
5 Ready-made clothing..
5 Laces ...
5 Articles of flax and hemp: Woven fabrics....
10 Laces, embroidery, trimmings.
10 Linen goods, ready-mado.
10 Leather and skins: Gloves, excepting thoso known as schmaschen ...
440 to 445, inclusive... 10 Articles of Paris (fancy goods): Imitation jewelry...
10 Dice, chessmen, etc..
10 Toys and playthings..
10 Articles of amber, bone, ivory, mother of-pearl, shell, meerschaum. 448, 449, 150, 459.
10 Articles of food :
Prepared or preserved vegetables, poase, etc., including mush. rooms..........
10 Fruits preserved in sugar or spirits .
10 Chicory, roasted or ground
5 Macaroni, vermicelli and all similar preparations
10 Olive oil
15 Chemicals : Colors and varnishes...
44 to 59 inclusive
10 Coal-tar dyes or colors
62 to 66 inclusive
73 to 80 inclusive
10 Medicinal preparations
10 Perfumery prepared with or without alcohol
10 Soaps including perfumed soaps......
10 Ultramarine blue ...
As described in U.S.
Tariff Act Nos.
Rate of reduction,
Earthen and glass ware:
Enameled, or ornamented
Opera glassos, lenses, oto
tured metal not specially provided for in the Act........ Galloon, braid, embroidery, and other articles made wholly or partly
of tinsel-wiro, bullions, or metal threads....... Paper:
Copying, Altering, blotting and surface-coated paper, or paper
covered with metal or its solutions, parchment, sensitized
paper for photographic purposes..
Articles of paper
74 It is further agreed that should the United States concede upon 75 any articles of merchandise described in the preceding Schedule 76 being the product of the soil or industry of any other country a 77 lower rate of duty than that herein designated for the like articles 78 being the product of the soil or industry of France or Algeria 79 such lower rate shall be applied of right and without delay to the 80 like articles being the product of France or Algeria.
81 It is also agreed that any reduction of the duties provided by 82 the Tariff Act of the United States approved July 24, 1897, apon 83 Sparkling wines, or upon the articles of woolen manufacture 84 described in paragraphs Numbers 360 to 382, inclusive, of said 85 Tariff Act, being the product of the soil and industry of any other 86 European country, which may after the date hereof be conceded 87 to such country by the United States shall be immediately 88 extended to the same articles being the product of the soil or 89 industry of France or of Algeria.
91 Should either of the High Contracting Parties during the term 92 of this Convention by any legislative action so change the relative 93 conditions of trade as existing at the date of this Convention, to 94 wit, France by increasing the minimum rates of duty herein stipu95 lated for products of the United States, or the United States by 96 increasing the reduced rates set forth in the foregoing Schedule, 97 or increasing the existing rates upon other French products, or 98 either Party by imposing new restrictions or prohibitions upon 99 importations from the other, in such case the option ie reserved 100 to the other High Contracting Party to terminate its obligations 101 under this Convention after six months notice to the other of its 102 intention to arrest the operation thereof.
104 This Convention shall be duly ratified by the respective Govern105 ments so soon as practicable and within eight months from the 106 date hereof, and the ratifications shall be exchanged at Washing. 107 ton; and it shall go into effect ten days thereafter, and shall, sub108 ject to the provisions of Article IV, continue in force for the term 109 of five years from the date of such exchange of ratifications, unless 110 one of the High Contracting Parties shall in the meantime have 111 given notice to the other of its wish to terminate the same, in 112 which case the Convention shall be terminated twelve months 113 from the reception of such notice by the other Party. If neither 114 High Contracting Party shall have given such notice before the 115 expiration of five years the Convention shall continue in force 116 from year to year thereafter until twelve months after such notice u7
shall be given.