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Poland Seeks Trade with Israel; Russian Oil Arrives in Haifa

October 27, 1953
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Apparently taking its lead from the Soviet Union, Poland has made inquiries here about the sale of 100, 000 cases of citrus fruit. There is every expectation here that a deal will be completed since in the past Poland has purchased quantities of Israeli citrus products.

Meanwhile, two barrels of Russian crude oil have arrived for testing at the Haifa distilleries. An Israeli oil specialist has been added to a three-man citrus growers delegation which will shortly leave for Moscow to negotiate a barter deal whereby the Soviet Union would receive citrus fruit in return for wheat, possibly oil and other products.

It is understood here that Israel is also negotiating a barter agreement with Argentina for 30,000 tons of wheat and 10,000 tons of barley. Fifty percent of the total purchase price would be paid in cash and the remaining half would be paid for with Israeli products such as cement, tires, textiles, and other commodities.

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