customs union


customs union
An agreement by two or more countries to erect a common external tariff and to abolish restrictions on trade among members. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary
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The merger of two or more customs territories with the effect that (Art. XXIV GATT and Art. 23 EC Treaty) EU Customs Glossary
• customs duties and non-tariff barriers are eliminated between the members of the union for substantially all trade, and EU Customs Glossary
• a common customs tariff and common rules for non-tariff barriers are introduced for substantially all trade with non-member countries. EU Customs Glossary

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customs union ˈcustoms ˌunion noun [countable usually singular] COMMERCE
an agreement between two or more countries to reduce or stop customs duty on goods traded between them:

• There will be a customs union, free trade in goods and services, and free movement of labour, money and capital.

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customs union UK US noun [C] ECONOMICS, COMMERCE
an agreement between two or more countries to reduce or remove any taxes on goods traded between them, and to charge the same taxes on goods imported from other countries: agree/form a customs union »

The three countries have formed a customs union to promote trade.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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