If Washington's Export-Import Bank had a cashier's cage, foreign nationals would have been queued up there last week. With Lend-Lease ended (see NA TIONAL AFFAIRS), the borrowers were figuratively standing in front of the Export- Import Bank's 64 desks, hat in hand:
¶ France has asked for $240 million for river barges and railroad equipment (including 27,000 cars and locomotives).
¶ Denmark is negotiating for $20 to $25 million for reconstruction.
¶ The Netherlands would like $115 million for domestic reconstruction; the Netherlands East Indies is negotiating a loan to rebuild its rubber plantations and oil refineries.