- 1The official department that administers and collects the duties levied by a government on imported goods: cocaine seizures by customs have risen this year [as modifier]: a customs officerMore example sentences
- Most of the money collected by customs comes from import duties on mineral fuels, petrol, gas, machinery, equipment and automobiles.
- Companies must deposit the tariffs at Chinese customs in order to import the goods, the ministry said.
- Career trade negotiators who set tariff rates have little contact with the customs officers who collect the money.
- 1.1The place at a port, airport, or frontier where officials check incoming goods, travellers, or luggage: we were through customs with a minimum of formalitiesMore example sentences
- Willie worked as a home finance adviser for Barclays Bank and used names from a database at work to help the drug smugglers get through airport customs checks.
- This would have disguised the smell from dogs used by customs officials to check for drugs.
- At the airport, however, there was no customs check, and there were no immigration officials.
- 1.2 (usually customs duties) The duties levied by a government on imported goods: an inflow of customs duties to the Treasury from 1374 Chaucer worked as controller of customs on wool in the port of LondonMore example sentences
- To make power affordable, we were expecting elimination of customs duty on import of fuels for power generation and other sops.
- The customs duty on imports was at first designed only to raise revenue.
- Each party is free, however, to determine unilaterally the level of customs duty on imports coming from outside the area.
late Middle English: originally in the singular, denoting a customary due paid to a ruler, later duty levied on goods on their way to market.