Legal Definition and Related Resources of Customs

Meaning of Customs

Duties charged on commodities on their import into or export out of a country. A mode or system of taxation for the raising of money and is a typical form of indirect tax . A toll levied at the border as a condition of permission to import goods into the country being granted by the governmental authority clothed with jurisdiction either entirely to prohibit its entry, or to prescribe conditions on which such entry may be affected.

Customs Alternative Definition

This term is usually applied to those taxes which are payable upon goods and merchandise imported or exported. Story, Const. § 949; Bac. Abr. Smuggling. The duties, toll, tribute, or tariff payable upon merchandise exported or imported. These are called customs from having been paid from time immemorial. Expressed in law Latin by custuma, as distinguished from consuetudines, which are usages merely. 1 Sharswood, Bl. Comm. 314.

International Trade Meaning and Definition of Customs

The authorities designated to collect duties levied by a country on imports and exports.

Related Entries of Customs in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Customs in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Clandestine Introduction, Clearance, Common Law, Custom, Dome-book, In Bond, International Law, Magna Carta, Primogeniture, Smuggling, Tariff, Tidespan, Tidewaiter.

Translate Customs from English to Spanish

Translation of Customs, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Aduana and other legal terms is available here.


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Notion of Customs

The meaning of Customs may be as follows: Fees, tariffs, tolls, or duties required and collected by a nation state on imports or exports of goods.


Legal English Vocabulary: Customs in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term customs into Spanish: aduana (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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See Also

  • International Trade
  • Trade Regulation
  • International Economic Law
  • Export License
  • International Trade Law
  • Foreign Trade
  • Safeguard
  • Tariff Policy

Hierarchical Display of Customs

Trade > Tariff policy > Customs regulations
Law > International law > Public international law > Territorial law > Frontier
International Relations > Cooperation policy > Cooperation policy > Customs cooperation

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Trade > Tariff policy > Customs regulations > Customs
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