STERLING, Virginia – United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers on Monday seized $ 46,628 in undeclared currency from a man traveling to Cameroon at Washington Dulles International Airport.
CBP officers conducted random exit inspections of passengers boarding a flight to Brussels, Belgium, and asked a US citizen how much currency he had. The man verbally declared that he had $ 30,000 and filled out a US Treasury Department form (FINCEN 105). Upon subsequent examination of the man’s carry-on baggage, CBP officers discovered a total of $ 46,628 in US dollars.
There is no limit to the amount of currency or other monetary instruments that travelers can bring into or out of the United States; however, federal law [31 U.S.C. 5316] requires travelers to declare any currency of $ 10,000 or more to a CBP agent. Learn more about currency reporting requirements.
CBP seized the change and returned the man $ 628 in humanitarian aid and released the man to continue his journey. CBP is not disclosing the name of the traveler as he has not been criminally charged.
â€œCustoms and border protection are warning travelers that they face serious consequences if they do not comply with the laws of our country, as this traveler now realizes,â€ said John Jurgutis, zone port manager by Washington, DC Zone Port Acting â€œThe easiest way for travelers to keep their change is to report everything to a CBP agent.
During inspections, CBP officers ensure that travelers fully understand federal currency reporting requirements and provide travelers with multiple opportunities to accurately report all currencies and monetary instruments they own before traveling. examine a traveller’s carry-on or checked baggage.
The consequences of violating US currency reporting laws are serious; penalties can include seizing most or all of the traveler’s currency, or potential criminal charges. An individual can request the return of the seized currency, but the applicant must prove that the source and intended use of the currency was legitimate.
CBP officers have observed that unreported currency can be the product of illicit activities, such as financial fraud and drug smuggling, and officers are working hard to disrupt the export of this illicit income. CBP seized approximately $ 386,000 a day in undeclared or illicit currency along our country’s borders last year. Learn more about what CBP accomplished on â€œA Typical Dayâ€ in 2020.
The CBP border security mission is led at points of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. CBP agents screen international travelers and cargo and search for illicit narcotics, undeclared currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit commodities that could potentially harm the American public, American businesses, to the security and economic vitality of our country.
Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how the CBP Field Operations Office secures our country’s borders. Learn more about CBP at www.CBP.gov.
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