Prussian Customs Union

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  • Created by: Abigail
  • Created on: 10-01-14 18:30


  • previously the 39 states in Germany in 1815 had to look after thier own economy
  • there were countless custom barriers and tariffs which heavily restricted trade
  • there were also different currencies which made things even more difficult
  • in 1818 the Prussian Customs Union was set up which got rid of the many customs barriers and created just one tariff was to be placed on Prussia's borders
  • however, the PCU had a low customs tariff which surprised a lot of the Rhineland industrialists because they wanted their goods to be protected against foreign trade which meant a high tariff
  • the PCU decided not to have a high tariff as it encouraged smuggling
  • a new custom duty was introduced on raw materials to protect the products against foreign competition
  • the PCU looked at extending their free trade within the rest…


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