July 20th 1864.
Treaty of Friendship, Establishment and Commerce between Majesty the King of the Hawaiian Islands and the Swiss Confederation.
Majesty the Hawaiian King, Sir John Bowring, Knight of Great Britain, Commander of the Order of Leopold of Belgium. etc., etc., His Envoy Extraordinary Minster Plenipotentiary, and the Swiss Federal Council, Mr. Frederic Frey Flerosee, Federal Colonel, Member the Swiss Federal Council, head of the Department of Commerce and Customs, who, after having Communicated each other their respective full powers, found in good due form, have agreed upon and signed the following articles:
They shall enjoy the same freedom for carrying on their own affairs, of presenting in the custom-house their own declarations, or of replacing them by whom they please as attornies, factors, agents, consignees or interpreters in the purchase or sale of their goods, properties or merchandise. They shall enjoy the right of exercising all the functions confided to them by their own countrymen, by foreigners or natives as attornies, factors, agents consignees or interpreters.
In fine they shall not pay on account of their commerce or industry in any of the towns, or places of the said States, whether they be there established or temporarily residing, any duties, taxes or imposts of whatever denomination they may be, other or higher than those paid by natives or citizens of the most favored nations and the privileges, immunities or other favors whatever, which are enjoyed in the matters of commerce or industry by the citizens of either of the contracting States shall be common to those of the other.
ARTICLE II. The citizens of one of the contracting parties residing or established in the territories of the other, who may desire to return to their country or who shall be sent away by a judicial sentence, by a police measure regularly adopted and executed or according to the laws of mendicancy and public morals, shall be received at all times and under all circumstances, they and their families in the country of their origin and in which they may have preserved their legal rights.
III. The citizens of each of the contracting parties
shall enjoy on the territory of the other the most per-feet and complete
protection for their persons and their properties. They shall in consequence
have free and easy access to the tribunals of justice for their claims
and the defence of their rights, in all cases and in every degree of jurisdiction
established by the law. They shall be free to employ in all circumstances
advocates, lawyers or agents of any class whom they may choose to act in
their name, chosen among those admitted to exercise these professions by
the laws of the country. In fine they shall enjoy in this respect the same
rights and privileges accorded to natives and be subject to the same conditions.
Anonymous, commercial, industrial or financial societies, legally authorized in either of the two countries, shall be admitted to plead in justice in time other, and shall enjoy in this respect the same rights as individuals.
ARTICLE IV. The citizens of each of the contracting parties shall, on the territories of the other, enjoy full and entire liberty to acquire, to possess by purchase, sale, donation, exchange, marriage, testament, succession ab intestato, or in any other way, every sort of real or personal property which the laws of the country allow a native of the country to dispose of or to possess.
Their heirs and representatives may succeed them and take possession by themselves, or by their attorneys, acting in their names, according to time ordinary forms of law applicable to native citizens.
In the absence of such heirs or representatives, the property shall be treated in the same manner as that of a native citizen under similar circumstances.
And in no case shall they pay on the value of such property any impost, contribution or charge, other or greater than that to which natives are subject.
In all cases it shall be allowed to the citizens of the two contracting parties to export their property, that is to say: Hawaiian citizens on Swiss territory, and Swiss citizens on Hawaiian territory, shall freely and without being subjected on exportation to pay any duty whatever as strangers, or being called on to pay other or heavier duties than those to which native citizens are themselves subject.
ARTICLE V. Time citizens of each of the contracting parties who may be in the territories of the other, shall be freed from all obligatory military service, either in the army or time navy, the national or civic guard or militia. They shall be free from the payment of all exemption money or contributions imposed for personal service, as from all military requisitions, except for lodgings or supplies for soldiers on their route, according to the usage of the country, to be required equally from natives and from foreigners.
VI. Neither in time of peace nor in time of war shall
there, under any circumstances, be imposed or exacted on the property of
a citizen of either of the contracting parties in the territories of the
other taxes, duties, contributions or charges higher than are imposed or
exacted on the same Properties belonging to a native of the country, or
a subject of the most favored nation.
It is further understood that there shall be neither received nor demanded from a citizen of either of the contracting parties in the territory of the other, any impost, be it what it may, other or greater than what is or may be demanded of a native or a citizen, or subject ot the most favored nation.
VII. It shall be free for each of the two contracting
parties to nominate Consuls, Vice-Consuls or Consular Agents, in the territories
of time other. But before any of these officers can act as such, he must
be acknowledged and admitted by the government to which he is sent, according
to time ordinary usage, and either of the contracting parties may except
from the residence of consular officers such particular places as it may
The Consular authorities of each of the contracting parties shall enjoy on the territories of the other all the privileges, exemptions and immunities accorded to officers of the same rank of time most favored nation.
ARTICLE VIII. The two contracting parties promise to place time respective citizens in everything which concerns the importation, warehousing, transit and exportation of every article of legal commerce on the same footing as native citizens, or the citizens or subjects of the most favored nation, wherever these enjoy an exceptional advantage not granted to natives.
ARTICLE IX. Neither of time contracting parties shall exact on the importation, warehousing, transit or exportation of the products of the soil, or manufactures of the other, higher duties than those which are or may be imposed on the same articles, being the produce of the soil, or the manufactures of any other country. The import duties to be paid in the Hawaiian Islands on the products of Swiss origin or manufacture shall, therefore, be, as soon as this present treaty becomes in force, reduced to the rate accorded to time most favored nation, and levied by the same rule and under the same conditions.
ARTICLE X. The two contracting parties promise that in case either of them shall grant to a third power any favor in commercial or custom house matters, that favor shall be extended at time same time and in full right to the other of the contracting parties.
ARTICLE XI. Articles subject to duty on entry, but serving as patterns, and which are imported into the Hawaiian Islands by commercial travelers of Swiss houses, or imported into Switzerland by the commercial travelers of Hawaiian houses shall, on both sides, be admitted without charge. subject to the custom house regulations necessary to insure their re-exportation or transfer to time bonded warehouse.
ARTICLE XII. Should any question arise between the contracting countries which cannot be amicably settled by the diplomatic correspondence of time two governments, these shall by common accord designate a third friendly and neutral power as arbiter, whose decision shall be recognized by both parties.
XIII. The stipulations of the present treaty shall take
effect in the two countries from time hundredth day after the exchange
of time ratifications. Time treaty shall remain in vigor for ten years,
dating from time day of the said exchange. In ease neither of time contracting
parties shall have notified twelve months before time end of time said
period its intention to terminate time same, this treaty will continue
obligatory till the expiry of a year, reckoning from the day on which either
of the contracting parties shall give notice of its termination.
The contracting parties reserve to themselves the right of introducing by common consent into this treaty any modifications which are not opposed to its spirit or its principles, and of which experience shall have demonstrated the utility.
ARTICLE XIV. The present treaty shall be subjected to the approval of the Privy Council of His Hawaiian Majesty, and of the Legislative Chambers of Switzerland, and time ratifications shall be exchanged in Paris within eighteen months of the date of the signature, or earlier if may be.
In faith of which the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed time treaty and hereunto affixed their seals.
Done by duplicate in Berne the twentieth day of July, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-four.
By the Hawaiian Plenipotentiary,