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HM Customs and Excise
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Non-ministerial government department overview
Formed 1909 (1909)
Preceding agencies
  • Board of Customs
  • Excise Department of the Inland Revenue
Dissolved 1 April 2005 (2005-04-01)
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction United Kingdom
Headquarters New Kings Beam House, Upper Ground, London

HM Customs and Excise (properly known as Her Majesty's Customs and Excise (or His as appropriate), often abbreviated to HMCE) was a department of the British Government formed in 1909 by the merger of HM Customs and HM Excise; its primary responsibility was the collection of customs duties, excise duties, and other indirect taxes.

The payment of customs dues has been recorded in Britain for over one thousand years and HMCE was formed from predecessor bodies with a long history.

With effect from 18 April 2005, HMCE merged with the Inland Revenue (which was responsible for the administration and collection of direct taxes) to form a new department: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).


The three main functions of HMCE were revenue collection, assessment and preventive work, alongside which other duties were performed.

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