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1* The Presidents proclamation of a state of war automatically places a complete embargo upon the shipment of arms,
ammunition or implements of war from any place in the United States
to any belligerent state or any neutral state for trans-shipment to
or for the use of any such belligerent state. Also, certain restrictions are automatically placed upon the purchase9 sale or exchange
of bonds, etc* of the government of any belligerent state; upon the
extension of credit to any such government; and upon the solicitation
or reception of any contributions for any such government*
2* Concerning the materials under complete embargo, the
Act provides that the President shall, from time to time, by proclamation, definitely enumerate the arms, ammunition and implements of
war export of which is prohibited* The arms, ammunition and implements so enumerated must include those enumerated in the Presidentfs
Proclamation No* 2163 of April 10, 1926 (superseded by Proclamation
No* 2237 of May 1, 1937) but shall not include raw materials or any
other articles or materials not of the same general character as
those enumerated in that proclamation and the Geneva Convention of
June 17, 1925* The proclamation of September 5, 1939, a copy of
which is attached, was issued in accordance with this provision of
the Act*
3* The President may enumerate certain articles and
materials in addition to arms, ammunition and implements of war
which may not be transported by American vessels to any belligerent
state. Effective until May 1, 1939*
4* Likewise, he may place restrictions on the export of
any articles or materials whatever to a belligerent state until all
right, title and interest therein shall have been transferred to
some foreign government, agency, etc* Effective until May 1 # 1939*
1* Aims of administration as reflected by excerpt from
letter of Secretary of State Hull to Congressman Sol Bloom, Chairman,
Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, and incorporated in H* J* Res* 306, as introduced on May 29, 1937:

"For the reasons heretofore stated, it is my
firm conviction that the arms embargo provision of
the existing law should be eliminated* I furthermore believe that the most effective legislative
contribution at this time toward keeping this


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country out of car, if war occurs$ would be made
by enacting or reenacting provisions on lines as
"To prohibit American ships, irrespective of
what they may be carrying, from entering combat
"To restrict travel by American citizens in
combat areas;
"To provide that the export of goods destined
for belligerents shall be preceded by transfer of
title to the foreign purchaser;
"To continue the existing legislation respecting loans and credits to nations at war;
"To regulate the solicitation and collection in
this country of funds for belligerents;
"To continue the National Munitions Control
Board and the system of arms export and import