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‘File 28/64 Exemptions from customs dues on oil companies’ stores’ [‎4r] (7/74)

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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.)
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subsidiaries or associated companies will automatically,
in most cases, be exempt from Customs on entry into the
new country, e.g., Iraq, Syria, Iran.
Category (f) - Transits through Bahrain on purchase by
Army7 Navy and k.A.F.
Stores under this category should either be
exempt as in (e) or, alternatively, material bought by
the Services should be exempt from Bahrain Customs and
presumably customs at the consignee^ end. Such stores
could be consigned to the Services concerned from Q,atar.
6. If any of the above concessions are agreed to
it would be necessary for the Bahrain Government to
accept the Company’s declaration that the stores concerned
had already paid Bahrain transit dues. To attempt to
produce documents in evidence would be impossible and
result in endless delays. Similarly it would be necessary
for the Customs to accept the Company’s valuation figures
and sale prices as representing fair valuation for Customs
purposes. It would not be possible to produce the exact
amount paid in transit dues. It would seem that any
supplementary payment such as would be involved in
category (d) would have to be assessed on percentage
basis of the valuation at the time of re-import.
7. Another aspect of this matter is the fact
that on reopening operations a second batch of equipment
will again be passing through Bahrain and it is felt
that it would not be inequitable if transit dues were
waived by Bahrain Government or some special arrangement
8. Failing any concessions, it might be possible
to arrange transhipment from dhows and barges to steamers
outside Bahrain territorial waters.
9. Before taking any further steps we should be
grateful for your views. So far we have seen no refer
ence to the charges, customs, freight, insurance, etc.,
which the Company will incur in the shifting of stores

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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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