likin

likin

[lee-keen]
noun
(formerly in China) a provincial duty imposed on articles of trade that are in transit.

Origin:
1875–80; < earlier or dialectal Chinese, for Chinese líjīn ( .001 ounce + jīn money)

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special tax paid by merchants and traders in mid-19th-century China. Likin ("a tax of one-thousandth") was levied on goods in transit or as a sales tax in shops where goods were sold.

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