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

n money collected under a tariff

custom, customs duty, impost
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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