Six more materials held from export (1-10-41)

The Pittsburgh Press (January 10, 1941)


Washington, Jan. 10 (UP) –
President Roosevelt, by proclamation, today imposed strict export license regulations on copper, brass, bronze, zinc, nickel and potash.

The new control over the materials, which would permit an embargo at will, becomes effective Feb. 3. Similar controls have been proclaimed for steel and iron products, aviation gasoline and other strategic materials.

All six materials listed in today’s proclamation are essential for war or defense production, Mr. Roosevelt said. He dismissed a suggestion that copper was included because some of the American metal was reaching the Axis powers. The only background for the proclamation, he explained, was the necessity of regulating the exports because of essential needs of America’s own defense program.

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