Telegraphic address: "Wholesale Manchester"
Telephone: Blackfriars 1212
Please address your reply:
Co-operative Wholesale Society Limited,
Exporters, Buying and Shipping Agents,
1, Balloon Street,
A.B.C., 6th and 7th editions;
Western Union 5 letter;
Bentley Complete Phrase;
Bentley Second Phrase;
A.1. MARCONI, and Private.
Our reference EXPORT ST/HP. 345
24th December, 1937.
The Trades union Congress General Council,
We confirm our telephonic conversation with you this morning from which we are pleased to learn that you are now desirous of effecting immediate shipment of the Sugar outstanding against your order of the 14th December to the value of £2,000 and one ton of Ships Biscuits. We assume that at the moment you do not wish us to take any further steps with the Sweet Biscuits and other items for which you made enquiry in your letter of the 9th instant, namely, Condensed Milk, Milkpowder and Cocoa.
We should like to specially draw your attention to the increased difficulties which are at present being encountered in connection with shipments to Spain. As you are aware the regular Steamship Lines have now discontinued all sailings and the only available vessels are those chartered by the Spanish Government for the carriage of Coal. Moreover, the insurance
premium covering war risks on shipments to Spain has in the past few weeks increased considerably and as you know today's lowest rate is £10.10.0.% Against this however, is offset the fact that freight on these specially chartered vessels is free.
Furthermore,having regard to the difficulties we are experiencing in connection with the s.s. HARTBRIDGE, we feel that there is a possibility of similar occurrences in connection with any future Shipments we might undertake, and consequently, we