Documents on European Recovery and Defence, March 1947-April 1949

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DOCUMENTS ON EUROPEAN
RECOVERY AND DEFENCE
March 1947 -- April 1949

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THE BENELUX CUSTOMS CONVENTION1
London, 5 September 1944

The Governments of His Majesty the King of the Belgians and Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and

The Government of Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands Desiring, in the hour of liberation of the territories of the Economic Union of Belgium-Luxembourg and of the Netherlands, to create the most favourable conditions for the eventual establishment of an economic union and for the restoration of economic activity, have determined to pursue such conditions through the medium of a Customs Convention, and to that end have agreed on the following provisions:


Article 1

The Economic Union of Belgium-Luxembourg and the Netherlands shall apply, on the entry of goods, identical customs rates in accordance with the schedule hereto appended and forming an integral part of the present Agreement.

Outside the duties referred to in this schedule, they may collect, on importation, excise duties -- including entrance duties equivalent to excise duties -- as well as all other taxes, in accordance with regulations in force in their respective territories; they reserve the right to modify the rates.


Article 2

There shall be only one collection of duty on the entry into the Economic Union of Belgium-Luxembourg of goods from the Netherlands, and likewise on the entry into the Netherlands of goods from the Economic Union of Belgium-Luxembourg, who may, on importation, collect excise duty.

On importation, the Economic Union of Belgium-Luxembourg may collect excise duty -- including entrance duties equivalent to

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Hylkema, Edgar. Bénélux, le chemin vers l'Unité économique. Editions A. Pedone, 1948, pp. 181-186. Text as amended at The Hague, 14 March 1947. (Translation.)

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