European Union Customs Union

European Union Customs Union

The European Union Customs Union is a Customs union which consists of all European Union member states. No customs are levied on goods travelling within the Customs Union. Unlike a Free trade area, members of the Customs Union impose a common external tariff on all goods entering the Union. One of the consequences of the Customs Union is that EU member states have to negotiate as a single entity in international trade deals. Gibraltar who joined with the United Kingdom is exempt from this.

Other countries

Certain non-EU countries are in customs union with the EU. These are:
* Turkey (excluding agricultural products; since 1996) (see EU-Turkey Customs Union)
* Andorra (excluding agricultural products; since 1991)
* San Marino (signed in 1991 and in force since 2002)


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