Several international travelers at Dulles International Airport and at Baltimore Washington International failed to truthfully report how much money they were bringing into the U.S. over the weekend of Feb. 25 and 26. As a result, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a combined $32,399 from the travelers, according to a press release from the Transportation Security Administration.
There is no cap on how much money travelers can carry into and out of the U.S., but they must report all U.S. and foreign monetary instruments totaling $10,000 or greater on a U.S. Treasury Department financial form. None of the currency is taxed.
The consequences for failure to truthfully report all currency may include CBP officers seizing the additional currency or criminally charging the violator.
“These seizures illustrate the importance of travelers complying with all U.S. laws, including currency reporting regulations, during their Customs and Border Protection arrivals inspection,” said CBP’s Field Operations Director Casey Owen Durst in a prepared statement. “As our nation’s border security agency, CBP enforces hundreds of laws and regulations every day at our nation’s 328 ports of entry, and we take this responsibility very seriously.”
On Feb. 23, CBP officers seized $18,578 from a U.S. citizen who arrived at Dulles on a flight from Dubai. She initially reported that she possessed $10,000. CBP officers found additional currency and checks during a secondary examination. CBP officers released $322 and two checks totaling $56 for humanitarian purposes, according to the release.
Then, on Feb. 24, CBP officers seized $13,821 from a Nigerian citizen at BWI. He reported to CBP officers that he possessed $9,000. During a secondary examination, CBP officers discovered British pounds concealed inside a carry-on bag. The traveler then tossed a wad of rolled up currency on the examining table. The currency, which consisted of dollars, pounds and Euros equaled $13,821. CBP officers seized the currency and returned $500 to the traveler for humanitarian purposes, according to the release.
Neither of the travelers were criminally charged. CBP officers released all travelers to continue their journey.
The CBP Office of Field Operations routinely conducts inspections on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products and other illicit items. On a typical day, CBP seizes $289,609 in undeclared or illicit currency, according to the release.
The Privacy Act prohibits releasing the travelers’ names since they were not criminally charged.