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PANAMA-SHIP MEASUREMENT CERTIFICATES-AUGUST 17, 1937 Ruego a Vuestra Excelencia que tenga la bondad de confirmar el acuerdo que se expresa en la presente. Sirvase aceptar Vuestra Excelencia, las seguridades de mi mas alta consideraci6n. AUGUSTO S. BOYD Ministro. A Su Excelencia CORDELL HULL, Secretario de Estado de los Estados Unidos de America, Washington, D. C . [Translation] LEGATION OF PANAMA, Washington, August 17, 1937. MR. SECRETARY: I have the honor to refer to the Department's note of March 17, Proposal of Panama Irespecting mutual rec- 1937,1 and to previous correspondence concerning the reciprocal ognitiorof shipma exemption of vessels of the Republic of Panama and of the United States of America from readmeasurement for tonnage in the ports of the respective countries. The Government of Panama adopted the laws and regulations of the United States for the admeasurement of vessels for registry by its Resolution No. 1 of January 5, 1937, establishing tonnage regulations (see Gaceta Oficial of Panama of January 8, 1937). This information was duly communicated to Your Excellency in my note No. D -21 of January 22, 1937, and in reply Your Excellency requested to be in- formed of the views of my Government with regard to a proposed reciprocal arrangement for the acceptance of certificates of registry and the special tonnage appendix in the ports of the two countries. On instructions from my Government, I now have the honor to advise you that vessels of the United States carrying certificates of registry or other national papers showing their net tonnage measure- ments and issued in accordance with the laws and regulations of the United States shall be exempted from readmeasurement in all ports of the Republic of Panama, provided that vessels of Panamanian registry which have been measured in accordance with the aforesaid resolution and which carry certificates of registry or other national papers showing their net tonnage measurements as thus ascertained shall be reciprocally exempted from readmeasurement in all ports of the United States. It is further understood that passenger vessels of Panama and of the United States shall carry a Special Tonnage Appendix to each of their registers showing all passenger spaces not now required by the laws of the United States to be measured for registry, for use in deter- mining port dues and other charges based on the net tonnage of vessels. 1 Not printed. 1627