U.S. Customs published some interesting numbers on customs money seizures for failure to report amounts over $10,000 (or, bulk cash smuggling, structuring, or just plain counterfeiting). Every year customs gives a report on their operations for the previous fiscal year’s activities; it’s interesting if you’re into that sort of thing.
The numbers are based on daily averages for the fiscal year. On average day in 2013, customs processed 992,243 people at 328 ports of entry and customs seized $291,039 in undeclared money or illicit currency. This is about the same as the daily average for 2012, where customs processed 963,121 people at 329 ports of entry and averaged $274,065 in daily money seizures.
If you have had money seized by customs call our office at (734) 855-4999 to speak to a customs lawyer, or e-mail us through our contact page. We are able to assist with cash seized by customs nationwide, including Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Orlando.
Please read these other articles from our customs law blog:
- Seizure of currency and monetary instruments by U.S. Customs
- Seizure for bulk cash smuggling into or out of the U.S.
- Structuring currency imports and exports
- Is it $10,000 per person? Under what circumstances is filing a report with Customs for transporting more than $10,000 required?
- Criminal & civil penalties for failing to report monetary instrument transportation
- Is only cash currency subject to seizure by Customs?
- Responding to a Customs currency seizure
- How do I get my seized money back?
- Getting money seized by U.S. Customs back while staying overseas
- How long does it take Customs to decide a petition for a currency/monetary instrument seizure?
- Targeted Enforcement for Customs Money Seizures