Cape Verde is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In 1991, import tariffs were organized into a system of 10 ad valorem rates ranging between 5% and 50%. There is a customs tax of 7% and a consumption tax on luxury items ranging from 5 to 60%. The government intended in 1999 to completely remove import quotas. There are no export controls. The import of narcotics is prohibited and pharmaceuticals can only be imported by the government.