Baltimore CBP doesn’t make it into the news too much for cash seizures, but recently it was reported that they seized more than $11,000 from a Nigerian money leaving the country. The story is different from many in that he wasn’t flying commercial, but rather flying on a private aircraft.
The story explains a valuable lesson: the customs law apply equally to commercial and private flights. Here’s the whole story, as told by CBP:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized more than $11,000 in unreported currency from a Nigerian man who departed the United States late Friday night aboard a private aircraft.
While examining a passenger manifest from the departing flight, CBP officers identified a man with previous federal currency reporting violations. The man also failed to report any currency on this trip nor did he complete a financial reporting form as required by law. CBP officers conducted a compliance examination and discovered $11,647 in U.S. dollars, British pounds and Euros. CBP officers seized all the currency.
“Chartering a private flight does not alleviate travelers from the responsibility of complying with applicable U.S. laws and regulations, including federal currency reporting requirements,” said Dianna Bowman, CBP Area Port Director for the Area Port of Baltimore. “This seizure should remind all travelers that Customs and Border Protection border security authority covers all departing and arriving international travelers, whether on commercial or private aircraft. It is one way in which CBP contributes to our nation’s security.”
Privacy laws prohibit CBP from releasing the traveler’s name since he was not criminally charged. The traveler was departing for London, England. CBP officers released him to continue his travel after officers completed the currency seizure.
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