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Don’t Lose your Dough, Know Before You Go

Release Date: 
July 9, 2015

CBP Detroit Field Office has seized over $7.9M in unreported currency so far in FY15

DETROIT— So far during fiscal year (FY) 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) has seized over $7,900,000 in unreported currency at ports of entry within the Detroit Field Office.

The transport of any currency and/or monetary instruments (i.e. cashier’s checks) over $10,000 must be reported to a CBP Officer upon arrival into or exiting the United States. Penalties can range from civil fines up to and including seizure of the currency and arrest.

"There is no limit as to how much currency travelers can import or export; however to avoid subjecting the money to seizure, it’s always best to report it and file the proper paperwork" said Christopher Perry, Director of Field Operations for the Detroit Field Office.

Currency and reporting laws were enacted to thwart bulk cash smuggling of drug trafficking organizations, terrorist finance networks and other criminal activities. CBP is advising travelers who plan to travel with large amounts of currency or other instruments to check the website at /travel/international-visitors/kbyg/money.

Travelers are further encouraged to visit the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network FINCEN website or click the link to learn more about currency reporting.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017