WILMINGTON, Del. – It isn’t only stolen vehicles that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are encountering at the Port of Wilmington, Del. Officers seized a 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Monday that was destined to Lagos, Nigeria for being grossly undervalued.
Officers initially inspected the Range Rover October 29, which the New Jersey exporter valued at $13,000. A fair assessment of the vehicle is about $55,000. According to 13USC305, it is a violation of federal law to submit a false export declaration and undervaluing an export. Violations may include a civil penalty, forfeiture of the export commodity, and/or criminal charges. CBP officers seized the vehicle.
“Export examinations are a critical component of Customs and Border Protection’s trade enforcement and border security missions,” said Casey Durst, Director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. “CBP officers remain committed to intercepting these nefarious practices that deliberately circumvent our nation’s laws for financial gain.”
CBP officers routinely examine outbound vehicle shipments to ensure the vehicle and its documentation is in compliance with U.S. export laws, and to ensure that the vehicles are not stolen.
CBP officers at the Port of Wilmington set a record for seizures of stolen vehicle exports during fiscal year 2019. Officers seized 16 stolen vehicles with a combined value of $454,007. A majority of those vehicles were being shipped to West Africa.
CBP routinely inspects imported and exported international cargo to search for weapons, illicit narcotics, bulk currency, counterfeit consumer products, and other prohibited items, and to ensure that new and used vehicles, boats, campers and farm machinery comply with existing U.S. laws. See CBP guidance for Exporting a Motor Vehicle.
CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders. Learn what CBP achieved during "A Typical Day" in 2018, or visit www.CBP.gov.