The word "customs" comes from the Türkic word "tamga", which meant a stigma among the nomadic peoples of Central Asia, which was usually put on various objects as a sign of ownership. In ancient Russia, during the period of the Golden Horde, a trade duty was called tamga. In Russia, a number of payments that were instructed to collect the local Russian princes were called "myt". In the old days, customs were called mytnya (mytnya), tax collectors, and tax collectors - publicans.
In 1985, Peruvian customs officials stopped the export of large quantities of honey from Ecuador, finding cocaine in it. To obtain such honey, bees were released on coca plantations.
American smugglers prepared in advance for surprise customs searches at sea. They tied a bag of salt or sugar to each box, and when danger approached, they threw it into the water. After a certain time, the contents of the bags were dissolved by water, and the loads floated up.
In medieval Denmark, the king allowed foreign merchants to name the price of imported goods themselves, but on the condition that the state has the right to redeem it at the imported price. Thus, he avoided the underestimation of the value of the goods upon import.
The relics of Saint Mark were stolen by Venetian merchants from Alexandria in a large basket topped with pork carcasses so that Muslims would not be searched at customs.
When the Egyptologist Gaston Maspero brought the mummy of a certain pharaoh to France, the customs officer did not find the size of the duty on the mummies in his reference books and picked up the closest, in his opinion, product, taking the duty for the mummy as for dried fish.
Cordless phones, irons, boilers, toasters, hotplates and refrigerators are prohibited from entering Cuba.
Such a customs duty was demanded from the famous French physicist Gay-Lussac for thin-walled glass tubes issued from Germany that he had to go for a trick. The sender sealed the pipes and wrote on the parcel: “Caution! German air! "
The most vigilant in history can be called an American customs officer, who, having heard the phrase “Look, here is Chaliapin, he has a golden throat!”, Drove Fyodor Ivanovich for an x-ray.
So, according to statistics, only 8% of all customs officers sooner or later decide to accept money as a gift from their client, undertaking to provide him with the desired simplified registration service in return.
Since January 26, 1983, World Customs Day has been celebrated annually.