original-package doctrine.Constitutional law. The principle that imported goods are exempt from state taxation as long as they are unsold and remain in the original packaging. • The Supreme Court abolished this doctrine in 1976, holding that states can tax imported goods if the tax is nondiscriminatory. See IMPORT–EXPORT CLAUSE. [Cases: Commerce 77.10(3). C.J.S.
Commerce § 31.]
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