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Definition of customs noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1Customs the government department that collects taxes on goods bought and sold and on goods brought into the country, and that checks what is brought in Customs seized large quantities of smuggled heroin. a customs officer Use a singular verb with customs in this meaning.
  2. 2the place at a port or an airport where your bags are checked as you come into a country to go through customs and passport control
  3. 3the taxes that must be paid to the government when goods are brought in from other countries to pay customs on something customs duty/duties Thesaurustaxduty customs duty/charge tariffThese are all words for money that you have to pay to the money that you have to pay to the government so that it can pay for public services:income tax sales tax tax cutsduty a tax that you pay on things that you buy, especially those that you bring into a country:The company has to pay duty on all imported merchandise.customs duty/charge tax that is paid when goods are brought in from other countriestariff a tax that is paid on goods coming into or going out of a country, often in order to protect industry from cheap imports:A general tariff was imposed on foreign imports.Patterns (a) tax/duty/tariff on something to pay an amount of money in tax/duty/customs duty to pay (a) tax/duty/customs duty/tariff/rates to collect taxes/duties to increase/raise/reduce taxes/duty/tariffs to cut taxes/duties to impose a tax/duty/tariff to put a tax/duty >on>something compare excise1
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