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‘File 28/64 Exemptions from customs dues on oil companies’ stores’ [‎3r] (5/74)

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The record is made up of 1 file (34 folios). It was created in 20 Jul 1942-19 Jul 1943. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Q/CH.1/3125 (Contd.)
which may now he considered inequitable charges in view
of the special circumstances outside the Company’s
control - unless special exemption is arranged for all
or some of the above-mentioned categories.
3. In the above circumstances the Company feels
that it will be not unreasonable to put forward the
suggestion that the Bahrain Government (and possibly
other Governments concerned) might be induced to agree
to some form of preferential treatment or exemption
in respect of such Customs dues.
4. All stores in Qatar have already paid Bahrain
transit dues of lf^ or 2$ which are abnormally high
for this class of dues.
5. Our suggestions which appear to us as reason
able are as follows :-
Category (b) - Transfers to Bahrain for use in Bahrain:
In this case Customs charges in our view should
be the difference between the usual Bahrain charges and
transit dues.
Category (c) - Transfers to Bahrain for storage during
the suspension period" :
In this case we feel that no Bahrain customs
should be charged.
Category (d) - Transfers to Bahrain for sale in Bahrain :
Customs charges should be Bahrain charges less
transit dues already paid (see para 6). Arrangements
could be made for the purchasers to pay the customs.
Any special procedure regarding "scrap” would also apply.
Category (e) - Transits through Bahrain to other Company
In this case as the material has already paid
transit dues there should be no further Bahrain Customs
charges. Stores consigned to the I.P.C. and its various
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The file comprises copies of correspondence relating to customs and transit duties payable on equipment and stores owned by Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited (PDQ) that are passing from Qatar through Bahrain, as a consequence of the shutdown of the Company’s operations in Qatar in 1942. The file’s principal correspondents are: the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Bahrain (Edward Birkbeck Wakefield); the Manager of PDQ (Ernest Vincent Packer); and the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain (Charles Dalrymple Belgrave).

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1 file (34 folios)

The volume/file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the volume/file (ff 34-35) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 37; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 2-33; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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