European Economic Community

The first moves to integrate Britain into the tariff system of the EEC were made in 1973. For industrial goods, the six original members and three new ones began a progressive elimination of duties on imports from each other on 1 April 1973, when a 20 per cent cut was made. A similar cut was made on 1 January 1974, making a cumulative reduction of 40 per cent, and at the same time the new members made the first move in aligning their national tariffs on industrial goods to the common customs tariff (CCT) of the EEC.


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