The two Governments will support, to the full extent that appropriated and other funds will permit, an increase in the present ration standard to 1,800 calories for the normal consumer as soon as the world food supply permits. This standard is accepted as the minimum which will support a reasonable economic recovery in Germany. However, in view of the current world food supply, a ration standard of 1,550 calories for the normal consumer must be accepted at present.
11. Imports for Displaced Persons
Subject to any international arrangements which may subsequently be made for the maintenance of Displaced Persons, the maintenance of Displaced Persons within both Zones from the German economy shall not exceed the maintenance of German citizens from this economy. Supplementary rations and other benefits which may be provided for Displaced Persons in excess of those available to German citizens must be brought into Germany without cost to the German economy.
It is the intention of the two Governments that this Agreement shall govern their mutual arrangements for the economic administration of the area pending agreement for the treatment of Germany as an economic unit or until amended by mutual agreement. It shall be reviewed at yearly intervals.
New York, December 2, 1946
(Signed) Ernest Bevin
(Signed) James F. Byrnes
Source: Agreement between the Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States on the Economic Fusion of their Respective Zones (December 2, 1946), Cmd. 6984, in Beata Ruhm von Oppen, ed., Documents on Germany under Occupation, 1945-1954. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1955, pp. 195-99.