Customs


Customs
Customs Cus‧toms [ˈkʌstəmz] also customs noun [uncountable] ORGANIZATIONS
1. the government department responsible for collecting the tax on goods that have been brought into the country and making sure that illegal goods are not imported or exported:

• The shipment had come from Spain and had been tracked by Customs.

• The pornographic photos, films and books have been seized by Customs officers.

2. the place at an airport or port through which people and goods arriving in a country must pass and where any tax owed must be paid:

• If you go over the limit you have to pay duty when you go through customs.

• The balance will be paid only after goods have cleared customs (= been checked by customs officials ) .

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customs UK US /ˈkʌstəmz/ noun [plural]
(also Customs) TAX, GOVERNMENT the government department that deals with taxes on goods coming into and leaving a country: »

UK customs say the truck was carrying drugs with a street value of over £3m.

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A prominent retailer is legally challenging Customs' decision to include credit card fees in the amount of duty paid on imported goods.

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She works for US Customs.

TRANSPORT, TAX the place at an airport, port, or border where goods that people bring into a country are examined to make sure they are legal and whether any tax should be paid on them: »

A man who was stopped at customs was found to have a quantity of plastic explosives in his case.

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A small wooden hut at the border crossing served as both passport control and customs.

go through customs »

You will need to go through customs after you have retrieved your baggage.

TAX taxes that are paid on goods that are brought into a country: »

You don't have to pay customs on any alcohol or tobacco brought for your own consumption in another EU country.

See also CUSTOMS AGENT(Cf. ↑customs agent), CUSTOMS AND EXCISE(Cf. ↑Customs and Excise), CUSTOMS BOND(Cf. ↑customs bond), CUSTOMS BROKER(Cf. ↑customs broker), CUSTOMS CLEARANCE(Cf. ↑customs clearance), CUSTOMS DECLARATION(Cf. ↑customs declaration), CUSTOMS DRAWBACK(Cf. ↑customs drawback), CUSTOMS DUTY(Cf. ↑customs duty), CUSTOMS ENTRY(Cf. ↑customs entry), CUSTOMS OFFICER(Cf. ↑customs officer), CUSTOMS OFFICIAL(Cf. ↑customs official), CUSTOMS SPECIFICATION(Cf. ↑customs specification), CUSTOMS TARIFF(Cf. ↑customs tariff), CUSTOMS UNION(Cf. ↑customs union), CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE(Cf. ↑customs warehouse)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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