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CUSTOM-HOUSE, the house or office appointed by a government where the taxes or duties (if any) are collected upon the importation and exportation of commodities; where duties, bounties or drawbacks payable or receivable upon exportation or importation are paid or received, and where vessels are entered and cleared. In the United Kingdom there is usually a customhouse established at every port or harbour to which any considerable amount of shipping resorts, the officer in charge being called " collector of customs "; in the minor ports the officer is usually termed " superintendent of customs " or " principal coast officer."

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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