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- n. A customs union, specifically; a coalition of German states, formed in 1818 to manage customs and economic policies within their territories.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Literally, a customs union; specifically, applied to the several customs unions successively formed under the leadership of Prussia among certain German states for establishing liberty of commerce among themselves and common tariff on imports, exports, and transit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A union of German states for the maintenance of a common tariff, or uniform rates of duty on imports from other countries, and of free trade among themselves.
- n. Hence A commercial union, or customs-union, in general; any arrangement between a number of states for regulating rates of duty with reference to their common benefit.
From German Zollverein. (Wiktionary)