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‘File 28/64 Exemptions from customs dues on oil companies’ stores’ [‎11r] (21/74)

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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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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
July 20, 1942.
Adviser to the Government
Dear Mr. Belgrave:
We have recently received a letter from Gray Mackenzie and
Company, Ltd. asking for details of values of the materials which
we have released to United States Military Missions, the American
Ferry Command (Pan-American Airways), and the American Consulate
in Basra for use in the War Effort of the United Nations. It
appears that Gray Mackenzie’s letter is based upon a message
received from Mr. C. C. daGrenier under date of June 27, 1942
requesting information as to the Bill of Entry of the items. There
is also attached your memorandum #803/20-3 of May 5, 1942 stating
that re-export duty is not to be charged again if duty has already
been paid.
We are searching our files now for the necessary informa
tion, but I am certain that we shall find that many of the large
items such as the portable camps for Pan-Air, and the trucks and
the electric generating equipment for the Military Mission in
Karachi, were imported directly into Ras Tanura so that no duty was
paid for transhipment through Bahrain.
It occurs to me that there might be some possibility of
the Bahrain Government exempting this particular material from duty
or tax irespective of its previous entry through Bahrain. You will
understand that we were not, and are not, anxious to sell this
material. We are releasing it only to fill a very urgent war need.
vVe are more than glad to cut our supplies to a minimum and to
release everything we possibly can do without if we can be of
assistance to the United Nations War Effort. We are transferring
this material at prices well below cost and much below anticipated
replacement costs. Obviously, we have no choice but to pay the
duty if it is considered chargeable, but since we are not in the
position to absorb the costs of th duty we shall be obliged to
pass the charges on to the purchasers. Under these circumstances,
the transhipment duty will become in effect a tax imposed upon
the United Nations by the Bahrain Government.
I trust that you will have no objection to my calling
these facts to your attention. I shall be grateful for your
Yours very truly,
By (Signed) C.E. Davis.

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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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