The last time we wrote about how CBP Philadelphia seized cash was more than 3 years ago. Cash seizures do not happen too frequently at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), but they definitely do happen.
As proof, recently CBP Philadelphia conducted two cash seizures, with the total value being over $150,000. The two men, apparently in two separate incidents, were traveling to Turkey and Ghana. The story is light on details and follows the typical format, including the 2017 cash seizure statistic that on a typical day, CBP seized $265,205.
Here are the (scant) details on the CBP Philadelphia cash seizure:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized $152,342 in unreported currency from two men who recently departed Philadelphia International Airport.
On Saturday, CBP officers seized $105,842 from a man destined to Ghana who initially claimed that he possessed $60,000.
On April 1, CBP officers seized $46,500 from a man destined to Turkey who initially claimed that he possessed $30,000.
In each case, CBP officers afforded the travelers multiple opportunities to truthfully report all currency.
CBP is not releasing the travelers’ names because none was criminally charged. Travelers may carry as much currency as they wish into and out of the United States. Federal law requires that travelers must report all U.S. and foreign monetary instruments totaling $10,000 or greater on a U.S. Treasury Department financial form. None of the currency is taxed.
“Customs and Border Protection encourages all travelers to be completely honest and report all their currency during an inspection with a CBP officer. Consequences could be severe, including seizure of all currency and possible criminal prosecution,” said Joseph Martella, CBP Area Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia. “The best way for travelers to hold onto their currency is to fully comply with our nation’s currency reporting laws.”
Has CBP Philadelphia seized your cash?
If CBP Philiadelphia seized your cash at PHL airport, you should act quickly to ensure that your rights to get the money out of seizure and forfeiture are not lost. You should educate yourself on the process by reading our customs money seizure guide, or contact us directly for a consultation. Our experience can help you just like the many, many others we have already helped.