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Definition of

customs union

International Trade

agreement allowing goods to cross borders without duties an agreement between several countries that goods can travel between them without duty being paid, while goods from other countries are subject to duties

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Definitions of ’customs union’ and meaning of ’customs union’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’customs union’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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