COLOGNE (Jul. 20)
The Israel Purchasing Mission here has published a first register, with the names of twenty-five Israel commercial and technical agents approved as representatives of German manufacturers and exporters in servicing heavy machinery, electrical power plants, engines, sewing machines, printing machinery and medical equipment.
“Service agents” are not, however, permitted to play a part in the buying of goods within the framework of the reparations agreement, since such purchases are handled without agents or intermediaries. The role of the service agent is limited to mechanical servicing after the goods have been delivered, and to the procurement of replacement parts. Contracts between the German and Israel business partners must be submitted for approval to the Shilumim Corporation, the Israel government agency charged with the ordering and distribution of reparations merchandise.