customs

Customs are taxes, or duties, that you sometimes have to pay when you import goods from another country.

When you return home from a trip to another country, you have to clear customs by talking to a customs officer and declaring everything you bought or got as a gift while you were traveling. If you're bringing in a lot of stuff, you may have to pay customs — the duty on imports. Customs are a source of income for a country, and they also provide control over what’s coming in.

Definitions of customs
  1. noun
    the government agency that oversees and collects duties on imported goods
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    types:
    Bureau of Customs, Customs Bureau, Customs Service, USCB
    the agency of the Treasury Department that enforces import tariffs
    type of:
    agency, authority, bureau, federal agency, government agency, office
    an administrative unit of government
  2. noun
    the place at an airport or port where officials screen incoming travelers and goods
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    type of:
    place, property
    any area set aside for a particular purpose
  3. noun
    money collected under a tariff
    synonyms: custom, customs duty, impost
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    types:
    ship money
    an impost levied in England to provide money for ships for national defense
    type of:
    duty, tariff
    a government tax on imports or exports
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