According to a CBP media release, Customs seized $20,850 from a Nigerian couple entering the US on a flight from London.
The couple initially told Customs they were carrying $15,000 in currency but a subsequent search revealed an additional $5,850. Customs returned $4,990 to the couple for humanitarian relief and released the couple to visit the US.
Do I have to declare $10,000 when I leave the US or only when I enter?
Both times, you always have to declare more than $10,000 anytime you are entering, leaving or transiting in the US.
Is the limit $10,000 per person?
No, it is $10,000 per group of travelers. You can’t “divide” up money amount your family members to get under the $10,000 limit.
If you have had your currency seized, contact experienced seizure attorney David Hsu at 832-896-6288 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.