A group of countries that have agreed to charge the same import duties as each other and usually to allow free trade between themselves.
- Yet nineteenth-century free-trade experiments across nation-states were short-lived, while early customs unions were specific to regions within nation states.
- Various free trade agreements and customs unions had existed between individual European countries during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
- Trade experts have expressed concern over the economic implications duo membership in customs unions for countries that have duo membership in the regional bodies such as SADC and COMESA.
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