1624 INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS OTHER THAN TREATIES The People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs (Litvinoff) to the American Ambassador (Davies) Moscow, August "5", 1937. MI. AMBASSADOR: In reply to your inquiry regarding the intended purchases by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in the United States of America in the course of the next twelve months, I have the honour to inform you that, according to information received by me from the People's Commissariat for Foreign Trade, the economic organizations of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics intend to buy in the United States of America in the course of the next twelve months American goods to the amount of at least forty million dollars. Accept, Mr. Ambassador, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration. M. LITVINOFr Mr. JOSEPH E. DAVIES, Ambassador of the United States of America, Moscow. 2. EXEMPTION FROM EXCISE TAX OF COAL, COKE, AND COAL OR COKE BRIQUETTES IMPORTED INTO THE UNITED STATES FROM THE UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS The American Ambassador (Davies) to the People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs (Litvinoff) EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Moscow, August 4, 1937. EXCELLENCY: With reference to the agreement concerning commerce between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics which has been signed today, I have the honor to state that the Embassy has been informed that in view of the wording of Section 1 of the agreement, the authorities of the Treasury Department of the United States will hold that coal of all sizes, grades, and classifi- cations (except culm and duff), coke manufactured therefrom, and coal or coke briquettes, imported from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics will be exempt from the excise tax provided in Section 601 (c) (5) of the Revenue Act of 1932, as amended, subject, how- ever, to possible adverse action by the courts. Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest con- sideration. JOSEPH E. DAVIES Ambassador of the United States of America His Excellency MAXIM LIrVINorF, People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs, Moscow.