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Customs Law Research Guide

This guide details sources for researching international customs law, including sources from international organizations and major trade agreements.

National Customs Law

Multi-Jurisdictional Electronic Resources

  • The Foreign Law Guide 
    From the homepage of this subscription database, scroll down to Laws by Subject and select Customs, Duties & Tariffs.  Then select the desired jurisdiction.  For some jurisdictions, you will find direct links to electronic versions of primary law materials.  In other cases, you may find only citations to print sources for primary law.  Ask a librarian for assistance in locating print materials.
  • Getting the Deal Through (GTDT)
    This multi-jurisdictional resource offers in-depth, practitioner-written summaries of national laws using a question and answer format.  Begin by selecting "Trade" from the Work Areas menu.  Then drill down to "Trade & Customs."  Then select a jurisdiction or use the comparison tool to compare laws across multiple jurisdictions.  The "Trade & Customs" module covers 11 jurisdictions, including Brazil, China, the EU, Japan, Mexico, the U.S., and the UK.
  • World Legal Information Institute  
    This free resource is also worth consulting.  On the left side of the homepage, click on All Countries.  After selecting the desired jurisdiction, scroll down and look for a link labeled Taxation, Revenue & Customs.  Depending on the jurisdiction, you may find direct links to electronic versions of primary law or a link to the website of the government ministry responsible for customs law enforcement.


Websites of National Customs Administration Agencies

The following government websites provide information about customs laws in jurisdictions outside the U.S. Content varies by jurisdiction and may include include direct links (or citations) to customs legislation and regulations, information about the classification of goods, tariff schedules, and related materials.  Links to English language interfaces are provided, if available.  Some websites only provide content in the language of the jurisdiction.