The Customs Service
The English customs system was created in the Middle Ages as a way of generating revenue for the Treasury. Customs duties were taxes imposed on goods imported and exported through the ports.
Customs duties still generate revenue, but the modern Customs Service has far wider functions. Its roles include the prevention of international trade in drugs, illegal goods and other socially harmful products.
Find out more about the present-day work of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise:
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