measures having equivalent effect

measures having equivalent effect (to quantitative restrictions)

in the law of the EUROPEAN UNION these measures, being non-pecuniary obstacles to the free movement of goods, are prohibited to bolster the common market. The prohibition extends to all trading rules that affect intracommunity trade, even if only potentially.
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Quantitative restrictions on imports and measures having equivalent effect - Prior authorisation procedure for personal imports, not effected by personal transport, of medicinal products - Procedure applicable to medicinal products which have been lawfully prescribed and authorised (medicinal products for human use) or registered (homeopathic medicinal products) in the country of export.
or take any measure or measures having equivalent effect.
At issue was an article of the treaty that prohibits in trade between member countries not only quantitative restrictions on imports but also "all measures having equivalent effect.
The primary building block is a free trade area, which progressively abolishes substantially all tariffs between the EU and the ACPs, as well as all non-tariff measures, such as quotas and measures having equivalent effect.