Legal Definition and Related Resources of Tariff

Meaning of Tariff

A cartel of commerce ; a table or catalogue identifying several kinds of merchandise or services, with the duties of customs or fees to be paid for the same, as settled by authority or as agreed on between several states or persons who provide the services.

Tariff Alternative Definition

Customs, duties, toll, or tribute payable upon merchandise to the general government are called “tariff.” The rate of customs, etc., also bears this name, and the list of articles liable to duties is also called the “tariff,”

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United States Tax Concept of Tariff

A federal tax on imports being brought into or exports exported from the United States. When you buy imported goods the price you pay includes the tariff. Tariff taxes are not deductible.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Tariff

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1590s, “arithmetical table,” also “official list of customs duties on imports or exports; law regulating import duties,” from Italian tariffa “tariff, price, assessment,” Medieval Latin tarifa “list of prices, book of rates,” from Arabic ta’rif “information, notification, a making known; inventory of fees to be paid,” verbal noun from arafa “he made known, he taught.” Sense of “classified list of charges made in a business” is recorded from 1757. The U.S. Tariff of Abominations was passed in 1828.


Legal English Vocabulary: Tariff in Spanish

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

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Tariff in Global Commerce Policy

In this regard, tariff is: a customs duty on merchandise imports. Levied either as an ad valorem tariff (percentage of value) or as a specific tariff (e.g. $7 per 100kg). Less often, a compound tariff made up of both of these elements applies. Tariffs give a price advantage to similar locally-produced goods and raise revenues for the government. Tariffs are mostly levied on imports, but there are cases of tariffs on exports. For economists, a tariff is the equivalent of the imposition concurrently of a consumption tax and a production subsidy. The entries on trade policy are here. Although governments often understand this clearly, they may be reluctant to reduce tariffs since this may have important fiscal implications in cases where they rely on customs duties as a predictable source of revenue. The entries on trade policy are here. It is worth noting, however, the view expressed in the Brigden Report that the “popularity of a tariff among Treasuries and Governments is due to the fact that it is a means of ‘painless extraction’, the indirectness of the method acting as an anaesthetic”. See also ad valorem tariff, Lerner’s symmetry theorem and specific tariff.[1]

Tariffin the wold Encyclopedia

For an introductory overview on international trade policy, see this entry.


Notes and References

  1. Dictionary of Trade Policy, “Tariff” entry (OAS)

See Also


See Also

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


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