How to look for records of... Customs officers
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to help you with your research. The National Archives holds most surviving English and many surviving Irish records of Customs officers. There is no single index of people or places that can be used to find service records, so your search for information might require some patience.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
Customs officers were introduced to collect duty on imported and exported goods and to prevent smuggling.
In 1849 the Board of Excise was amalgamated with the Board of Stamps and Taxes to form the Board of Inland Revenue. In 1909 the Board of Customs and the Board of Excise merged.