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Customs Union A customs union is where the customs of different countries are united This creates free trade amongst countries that are part of it because they do not have to pay import and export tax when trading between themselves Three Aims of the European Union 1To break down barriers between the EUs national markets and create one single market where goods money and services can move around freely 2To keep the peace Countries within the EU are allied 3To protect businesses within the union from their competition outside the union Three Advantages for European Countries When Joining the EU 1Larger market Countries no longer have to pay export and import tax when trading with other countries in the EU 2Allows the countries to form new relationships and alliances New trade routes are established as a result of this 3It will increase the countrys standard of living through new job and trade opportunities Three Barriers to Trade 1Different Market Characteristics - People in the country you want to export goods to might not like the things that youre exporting even though the goods you are exporting are popular in your country For example if you exported bangers and mash to China not a lot of Chinese people will buy it because they have never tried it before 2Language difficulties - It is hard to communicate with the person you are exporting to because they speak a different language to you For example you wouldnt be able to discuss delivery details over the phone with someone that spoke German when the only language you can speak is English 3Distance - It is harder for companies to constantly export goods across Europe because of the distance between countries For example if you wanted to constantly export British goods to Turkey it will become very expensive However the EU has somewhat to an extent made transportation of goods easier because you now dont have to
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