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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in some European countries, esp France) a duty on various goods brought into certain towns or cities
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the place where such a duty is collected
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the officers responsible for its collection
[C17: from French octroyer to concede, from Medieval Latin auctorizāre to authorize]


(ˈɒk trɔɪ; Fr. ɔkˈtrwa)

n., pl. -trois (-trɔɪz; Fr. -ˈtrwa)
1. (formerly, in Europe) a tax levied on certain goods brought into a city.
2. the place at which the tax was collected.
3. the officials collecting it.
[1605–15; < French octroyer < Medieval Latin auctorizāre; see authorize]
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Noun1.octroi - a tax on various goods brought into a town
tariff, duty - a government tax on imports or exports; "they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries"
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This is an interesting paper on the question of the determinants of rates of Octroi taxes, an area which has been greatly neglected in the empirical work in Pakistan.
The authors have tried to determine the efficiency of octroi taxes through their adherence to certain principles of optimal commodity taxation.
First, since the conclusion is based on the assumption that for each locality/district/town the prices are exogenous, one can use a little relaxed assumption of exogenous prices and prove that the octroi taxes are really inefficient in Pakistan.