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Customs Customs is an authority or agency in a country responsible for collecting and safeguarding customs duties and for controlling the flow of goods including animals, transports, personal effects and hazardous items in and out of a country. Depending on local legislation and regulations, the import or export of some goods may be restricted or forbidden, and the customs agency enforces these rules. [1] The customs authority may be different from the immigration authority, which monitors persons who leave or enter the country, checking for appropriate documentation, apprehending people wanted by international arrest warrants , and impeding the entry of others deemed dangerous to the country. In most countries customs are attained through government agreements and international laws. A customs duty is a tariff or tax on the importation (usually) or exportation (unusually) of goods. In the Kingdom of England , customs duties were typically part of the customary revenue of the king , and therefore did not need parliamentary consent to be levied, unlike excise duty , land tax , or other forms of taxes. Commercial goods not yet cleared through customs are held in a customs area , often called a bonded store , until processed. All authorised ports are recognised customs area. Red and Green channels [ edit ] Customs procedures for arriving passengers at many international airports, and some road crossings, are separated into Red and Green Channels. [2] [3] Passengers with goods to declare (carrying items above the permitted customs limits and/or carrying prohibited items) should go through the Red Channel.
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