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‘File 28/64 Exemptions from customs dues on oil companies’ stores’ [‎7r] (13/74)

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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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D.O. No. C/1445-3.
Bahrain, Aug. 9, 1942.
I ara sorry to have been so slow in reply-
ing to your letter No. C/1149 dated 1st August
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1942, enclosing a letter from Mr. Packer asking
for facilities and exemptions from customs duties
on material which is being removed from Qatar as
a result of the closing down of the Company’s
operations in that territory.
2. The Bahrain Government has in the past
treated the Iraq Petroleum Company generously and
has gained little from its action. This company
opj^^tes from Bahrain not for the benefit of
Bahrain but because this place is a useful centre.
Its government provides amenities which do not
exist elsewhere. I think it would be reasonable
for the company’s imports to be dealt with in the
same way as imports of any other R.E. importer but
any material to be used for the defence of Bahrain
to be admitted free of customs charges. The
Bahrain Government is however prepared to make the
following concessions.
3. Goods referred to in category (b) which
are transferred from Qatar to Bahrain will be liable
only to payment of the difference between normal
customs charges on imported goods and the transit
dues which have already been paid on these goods
any of the material is used for the defence

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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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‘File 28/64 Exemptions from customs dues on oil companies’ stores’ [‎7r] (13/74), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/755, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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