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