Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 18 Part 2c.djvu/55

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MARCH 26, 1846; RATIFIED BY PRESIDENT MARCH 30, 1846; RATIFICA- TIONS EXCHANGED A1" WASHINGTON MARCH 30, 1846; PROCLAIMED AMARCH 31, 1846. [The 0 ration of this treaty terminated August 20, 1*358, under notice given by the Belgian (ggvernment in accordance with Article XIX.] Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between the United Stalcs of America and his Majesty the King of the Belgians. Contracting lm- The United States of America on the one part, and His Majesty the lm- King of the Belgians on the other part, wishing to regulate ln a formal manner their reciprocal relations of commerce and navigation, further to strengthen, through the development of their interests respectively, the bonds of friendship and good understanding so happily established between the Governments and people of the two countries; and desiring, with this view, to conclude, by common agreement, a treaty establishing conditions equally advantageous to the commerce and navigation of both States,, to that elfect, appointed as their Plenipotentiaries, namely: . Negotiators. The President of the United States, Thomas G. Clemson, Charge d’Affaires of the United States of America to His Majesty the King of the Belgians; and His Majesty the King of the Belgians, M. Adolphe Dechamps, Oificer of the Order of Leopold, Knight of the Order of the Red Eagle of the hrst class, Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michel of Bavaria, his Minister for Foreign Affairs, a. member of the Chamber of Representants; Who, after having communicated to each other their full powers, ascertained to bein good and proper form, have agreed and concluded the following articles: Aarrcrn I. Freedom of com- There shall be full and entire freedom of commerce and navigation g?;’;°° and ”=“"8°·· between the inhabitants of the two countries; and the same security ‘ and protection which is enjoyed by the citizens or subjects of each country shall be guaranteed on both sides. The said inhabitants, whether established or temporarily residing within any ports, cities, or places whatever, of the two countries, shall not, on account of their Eq nali ty of commerce or lndustry, pay any other or higher duties, taxes, 01* imp0Sl3S, umass. than those which shall be levied on citizens or subjects of the country in winch they may be; and the privileges, immunities, and other fn.- vours, with regard to commerce or industry, enjoyed by the citizens or subjects of one of the two States, shall be common to those of the other Aarioma II. _ Belgian vessels Belgian vessels, whether coming from a Belgian or a foreign port, gggzts of Umwd shall not pay, either on entering or leaving the ports of the United ‘ States, whateyer may be their destination, any other or higher duties of tonnage, pilotage, anchorage, buoys, light-houses, clearance, brokerage, or generally other charges whatsoever than are required from vessels of the United States in similar cases. This provision extends not