Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The tax levied on merchandise imported from or (in some countries) exported to a foreign country. See custom, n., 4.

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Examples

  • The victims had gathered at a memorial service for a slain leader of a war-veterans group -- an organization that has, thanks to special tax and customs-duty exemptions, effectively become a front for a lucrative import business.

    Murder In Moscow

  • Ironically, the firm they were found to have taken payments from, the Swiss Societe Generale de Surveillance, had been hired to combat another sort of corruption: customs-duty evasion.

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  • Dr K'yengo's men were very anxious to accompany us, even telling the king, if he would allow the road to be opened to their countrymen, all would hongo, or pay customs-duty to him; but the close, narrow-minded king could not be persuaded.

    The Discovery of the Source of the Nile

  • Recognisances by reason of their forreine tenure against their will: and that they be free of all their owne wines for which they do trauaile of our right prise, [Footnote: Prisage -- one cask in ten, on wine, was the first customs-duty levied in England.] that is to say, of one tunne before the mast, and of another behind the maste.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation — Volume 01

  • 66Prisage — one cask in ten, on wine, was the first customs-duty levied in England.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

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