COLOGNE (Jun. 10)
West Germany shipped 52,000 tons of reparations goods to Israel in May, a new record for a single month, the Israel purchasing mission here announced today. The cargoes, shipped in live Israeli vessels and four others of various nationalities, consisted chiefly of pig iron, rails, machinery, various raw materials for Israel’s industry and barley.
The purchasing mission also revealed that in the last week of May it placed orders for machinery for a factory capable of processing 1, 000 tons of sugar daily from Israeli-grown beets. In the course of an 80-day season, the plant will be expected to refine–in the beginning–12,000 tons of sugar. Other orders placed recently include harbor equipment and freight cars to transport gravel needed to build a railroad spur to Beersheba.