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CBP Seizes Almost $14K in Unreported Currency at Washington Dulles International Airport

Release Date: 
August 21, 2015

STERLING, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at Washington Dulles International Airport seized almost $14,000 Wednesday from an outbound traveler 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.

A woman was boarding a flight to Switzerland and was selected for questioning by CBP officers who were conducting an outbound international flight enforcement operation. The woman reported possessing slightly less than $10,000 and completed a financial reporting form stating that, however; a total of $13,919 was discovered on her person and in her luggage.

File Photo: CBP inspects international travelers upon their arrival to the U.S.CBP officers seized the $13,919 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 Wayne Biondi, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles. “The travelers were given the opportunity to truthfully report their 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 U.S.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017