What can I do if Customs seizes currency from me at the airport?

Airport currency seizure by US Customs

Airport currency seizure by US Customs

The Law Offices of R. H. Robbins can represent you in the filing of a petition for relief from a currency seizure or the seizure of other monetary instruments at an airport or other border crossing. Please contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to see how we may be of assistance to you by calling (954) 946-8130 OR by email: rose <at> roserobbins dot com OR by submitting the online contact form found below.  We have 25 years of  experience in representing individuals and companies anywhere in the USA seeking relief from from Customs currency seizures.
We understand the kinds of evidence Customs is looking for to substantiate your claim for the return of your money.

Reporting of cash and monetary instruments  is required under the Currency and Foreign Transaction Reporting Act (PL 97-258, 31 U.S.C. 5311, et seq.), as amended. Failure to comply can result in civil and criminal penalties in addition to the forfeiture of your cash or monetary instrument(s).

It is legal to transport any amount of currency or other monetary instruments into or out of the United States. However, if you transport, attempt to transport, or cause to be transported (including by mail or other means) currency or other monetary instruments in an aggregate amount exceeding $10,000 or its foreign equivalent) at one time from the United States to any foreign country, or into the United States from any foreign country, you must file a report with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This report is called the Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments, FinCEN Form 105. Furthermore, if you receive in the United States, currency or other monetary instruments in an aggregate amount exceeding $10,000 (or its foreign equivalent) at one time, which has been transported, mailed, or shipped to you from any foreign place, you must also file a FinCEN Form 105.

Monetary instruments include:

1) U.S. or foreign coins and currency;

2) Traveler checks in any form;

3) Negotiable instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders) with some exceptions;

4) Incomplete instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders)with some exceptions; and

5) Securities or stock in bearer form or otherwise in a form that the funds can be transferred to another person.

However, the term “monetary instruments” does not include:

1) Warehouse receipts; or

2) Bills of lading

We have 25 years of experience in filing petitions with US Customs & Border Protection seeking the return of  seized currency. We may be able to offer you an attorney fee arrangement based on a combination of a fixed initial retainer and contingency payment based on results achieved.

The Law Offices of R. H. Robbins assists companies and individuals when they have had their currency seized  at airports or other border crossings by Customs and Border Patrol.  Please contact us by telephone at: (954) 946-8130 OR by submitting the simple form below to set up a free consultation to see if we may be of assistance to you in the return of your seized currency.