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CBP Seizes $12K in Unreported Currency at BWI

Release Date: 
September 21, 2016

BALTIMORE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport seized $12,322 Tuesday from a Nigerian woman for violating federal currency reporting regulations.

There is no limit to how much currency travelers can import or export; however federal law requires travelers to report to CBP amounts exceeding $10,000 in U.S. dollars or equivalent foreign currency.

CBP officers inspect arriving passengers to ensure compliance with immigration, customs, agriculture and other applicable U.S. laws.
CBP officers inspect arriving passengers
to ensure compliance with immigration,
customs, agriculture and other applicable
U.S. laws.

A woman, who arrived on a flight from the United Kingdom reported carrying $9,000 to CBP officers however; multiple envelopes of currency totaling $12,322 was discovered in her luggage.  CBP officers seized the $12,322 returning $322 for humanitarian release and advised her how to petition for the return of the currency.

“Travelers who refuse to comply with federal currency reporting requirements run the risk of having their currency seized, and may potentially face criminal charges,” said Dianna Bowman, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Baltimore. “The traveler was given the opportunity to truthfully report her currency.  The easiest way to hold on to your money is to report it.”

In addition to currency enforcement, CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, prohibited agriculture products, and other illicit items.

Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel section to learn rules governing travel to and from the United States.

The Privacy Act prohibits releasing the traveler’s name since she was not criminally charged.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017