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Currency confiscated? We can help you through your customs claim. Our experts know how to effectively deal with both airport money seizures and border patrol money seizures.

If you were the victim of a US Customs and Border Patrol money seizure or airport money seizure, there is no doubt you are afraid, as you likely have just lost a substantial sum of money. But if you review the law that governs customs confiscated currency cases,  you will learn that you don’t need to be terrified, as there is hope you will be able to recover what has been taken from you. Our highly-trained attorneys are experts when it comes to airport money seizure and border patrol money seizure issues, and we can help you. Call us today for assistance with your case! We’re available by phone at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message. You don’t have to struggle through this difficult situation alone, we will do everything we can to win your customs confiscated currency claim.

United States of America (USA) Currency Reporting Requirements

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 $10,000.00 (or its foreign equivalent) at one time from the United States to any foreign place, or into the United States from any foreign place, you must file a report with U.S. Customs.  This report is called the Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments, Customs Form 4790.  Furthermore, if you receive in the United States, currency or other monetary instruments in an aggregate amount exceeding $10,000.00 (or its foreign equivalent) at one time which has been transported, mailed, or shipped to you from any foreign place, you must file a CF-4790.  These forms can be obtained at all U.S. ports of entry and departure.

Monetary instruments include:

  • U.S. or foreign coins and currency;
  • Traveler checks in any form;
  • Negotiable instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders) that are either in bearer form, endorsed without restriction, made out to a fictitious payee, or otherwise in such form that title thereto passes upon delivery;
  • Incomplete instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders) signed, but with the payee’s name omitted; and
  • Securities or stock in bearer form or otherwise in such form that title thereto passes upon delivery.

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

    • Checks or money orders made payable to the order of a named person which have not been endorsed or which bear restrictive endorsements;
    • Warehouse receipts; or
    • Bills of lading.

Reporting 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 and may lead to forfeiture of your monetary instrument(s).

The Government has Seized my Money.  What are My Options?  Must I Forfeit my Money?

All hope is not lost once the government seizes your money.  You do not have to forfeit your money as options are available.  Once the government seizes your money, it is critical to retain a lawyer immediately as time is of the essence.  You are more likely to prejudice your case the longer you wait.

When the government has seized your money, you must file a petition for relief to get your money back.  Otherwise, you automatically forfeit your money to the government.  When filing a petition for relief with the government, you will have to prove the source of your funds and that there was a legitimate use of the funds.  There is no exact science for getting your money back.  That is why it is so critical to have a lawyer represent you.  We have a record of success in dealing with the U.S. Customs & Border Protection.  Do not take the government on by yourself because your risk of failure is increased.

We offer two approaches in recovering your money back from the government.  The first approach is a contingency fee.  This is our No Fee Guarantee.  So you do not pay us anything unless we are successful in recovering your money.  The second approach we offer is a non-refundable flat fee paid to our law firm before we commence the work.  The option is yours so call today.

Has the U.S. government seized your money?  Or has the government begun civil forfeiture proceedings against you?  We know the law and have helped others fight the government and get their money back.  Call our Attorneys at  877-406-6906 for a free consultation.

U.S. Ports of Entry & their Respective Codes:

ABE Aberdeen, WA

ABG Alburg, VT

ABQ Albuquerque, NM

ABS Alburg Springs, VT

ADT Amistad Dam, TX

AGA Agana, Guam

AGN Algonac, MI

AGU Aguadilla, PR.

AKR Akron, OH

ALB Albany, NY

ALC Alcan, AK

AMB Ambrose, ND

ANA Anacortes, WA

ANC Anchorage, AK

AND Andrade, CA.

ANT Antler, ND

AST Astoria, OR

ATB Ashtabula, OH

ATL Atlanta, GA

AXB Alexandria Bay, NY

BAL Baltimore, MD

BAU Baudette, MN

BCY Bay City, MI

BEA Beaumont, TX

BEB Beebe Plain, VT

BEE Beecher Falls, VT

BEL Bellingham, WA

BGC Bridgeport, CT

BGM Bangor, ME

BIL Billings, MT

BLA Blaine, WA

BOC Boca Grande, FL

BOS Boston, MA

BRG Burlington, VT

BRO Brownsville, TX

BRU Brunswick, GA

BTN Baton Rouge, LA

BUF Buffalo, NY

BWA Boundary, WA

BWM Bridgewater, ME

CAL Calexico, CA

CAP Cape Vincent, NY

CHA Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, VI

CHF Chief Mountain, MT

CHI Chicago, IL

CHL Charleston, SC

CHM Champlain, NY

CHR Christiansted, St. Croix, VI

CHT Chateaugay, NY

CIN Cincinnati, OH

CLA Clayton, NY

CLE Cleveland, OH

CLS Calais, ME

CLT Charlotte, NC

CNA Canaan, VT

COB Coburn Gore, ME

COL Columbus, NM

COO Coos Bay, OR

CRA Crane Lake, MN

CRB Caribou, ME

CRP Corpus Christi, TX

CRU Cruz Bay, St.John, VI

CRY Carbury, ND

CUT Cut Bank, MT

DAL Dallas, TX

DEN Denver, CO

DER Derby Line, VT

DET Detroit, MI

DLB Del Bonita, MT

DLR Del Rio, TX

DNS Dunseith, ND

DOU Douglas, AZ

DUL Duluth, MN

DVL Danville, WA

EGP Eagle Pass, TX

ELP El Paso, TX


ENS Ensenada, PR

EPI Eastport, ID

EPM Eastport, ME

ERC East Richford, VT

ERI Erie, PA

FAB Fabens, TX

FAJ Fajardo, PR

FAL Falcon Heights, TX

FAR Fargo, ND

FBK Fairbanks, AK

FER Ferry, WA

FPT Freeport, TX

FRI Friday Harbor, WA

FRK Frederiksted, St. Croix, VI

FRN Fernandina, FL

FRT Fortuna, ND

FTC Fort Covington, NY

FTF Fort Fairfield, ME

FTK Fort Kent, ME

FTP Fort Pierce, FL

FWA Frontier, WA

GAL Galveston, TX

GEO Georgetown, SC

GGW Glasgow, MT

GLO Gloucester, MA

GPM Grand Portage, MN

GRB Green Bay, WI

GRE Great Falls, MT

GRF Grand Forks, ND

GUL Gulfport, MS

HAI Haines, AK

HAR Hartford, CT

HEL Helena, MT

HHW Honolulu, HI

HID Hidalgo, TX

HIG Highgate Springs, VT

HLG Harlingen, TX

HML Hamlin, ME

HMM Hammond, IN

HNN Hannah, ND

HNS Hansboro, ND

HOU Houston, TX

HSB Harrisburg, PA

HTM Houlton, ME

HUM Humacao, PR

HVR Havre, MT

HYD Hyder, AK

INP Indianapolis, IN

INT International Falls, MN

ISB Port Isabel, TX

ISL Isle Royale, MI

JAC Jacksonville, FL

JKM Jackman, ME

JOB Jobos, PR

JUN Juneau, AK

KAL Kalispell, MT

KAN Kansas City, MO

KET Ketchikan, AK

KEY Key West, FL

LAN Lancaster, MN

LAR Laredo, TX (Juarez-Lincoln Bridge)

LAU Laurier, WA

LEW Lewiston, NY

LIM Limestone, ME

LKC Lake Charles, LA

LLB Laredo, TX

LON Longview, WA

LOR Lorain, OH

LOS Los Angeles, CA

LOU Louisville, KY

LSE Los Ebanos, TX

LUB Lubec, ME

LUK Lukeville, AZ

LVG Las Vegas, NV

LYN Lynden, WA

MAD Madawaska, ME


MAI Maida, ND

MAS Massena, NY

MAY Mayaguez, PR

MEM Memphis, TN

MET Metaline Falls, WA

MGL Morgan City, LA

MGM Morgan, MT

MIA Miami, FL

MIL Milwaukee, WI

MND Minot, ND (Int’l Airport)

MNW Manitowoc, WI

MOB Mobile, AL

MOO Mooers, NY

MOR Morses Line, VT

MRC Marine City, MI

MRH Morehead City, NC

MRR Morristown, NY

MRY Marysville, MI

MSP Minneapolis/St.Paul (Int’l Airport)

NAC Naco, AZ

NEA Neah Bay, WA

NEC Neche, ND

NEW Newark, NJ

NIA Niagara Falls, NY

NIG Nighthawk, WA

NOG Nogales, AZ

NOL New Orleans, LA

NOO Noonan, ND

NOR Norfolk, VA

NOY Noyes, MN

NPV Newport, VT

NRG Northgate, ND

NRN Norton, VT

NRT North Troy, VT

NSV Nashville, TN

NWH New Haven, CT

NWL New London, CT

NWN Newport News, VA

NYC New York, NY

OGD Ogdensburg, NY

OKC Oklahoma City, OK

OLY Olympia, WA

OMA Omaha, NE.

OPH Opheim, MT

ORL Orlando, FL

ORO Oroville, WA

OSW Oswego, NY

OTM Otay Mesa POE, CA

PAN Panama City, FL

PAR Port Arthur, TX

PAS Pascagoula, MS

PCF Port Canaveral, FL

PEM Pembina, ND

PEN Pensacola, FL

PEV Port Everglades, FL

PGR Progreso, TX

PHI Philadelphia, PA

PHO Phoenix, AZ

PHU Port Huron, MI

PHY Pacific Highway POE, WA

PIE Piegan, MT

PIN Pine Creek, MN

PIT Pittsburgh, PA

PIV Pinnacle POE, VT

PKC Poker Creek, AK

PNG Port Angeles, WA

PNH Pittsburg, NH

POM Portland, ME

PON Ponce, PR

POO Portland, OR

POR Portal, ND

PRE Presidio, TX

PRO Providence, RI

PSJ Port St. Joe, FL

PSM Portsmouth, NH

PTL Porthill, ID

PTR Point Roberts, WA

PTT Port Townsend, WA

PUT Put-in-Bay, OH

RAN Ranier, MN

RAY Raymond, MT

RBT Roberts Landing, MI

RCM Richmond, VA

REN Reno, NV

RIF Richford, VT

RIO Rio Grande City, TX

ROC Rochester, NY

ROM Roma, TX

ROO Roosville, MT

ROS Roseau, MN

ROU Rouses Point, NY

SAC Sacramento, CA

SAG Saginaw, MI

SAJ San Juan, PR

SAR Sarles, ND

SAS Sasabe, AZ

SAU St. Augustine, FL

SAV Savannah, GA

SCL St. Clair, MI

SCO Scobey, MT

SDP San Diego Intl. Airport, CA

SDY Sandusky, OH

SEA Seattle, WA

SFR San Francisco, CA

SHR Sherwood, ND

SJO St. John, ND

SKA Skagway, AK

SLC Salt Lake City, UT

SLO San Luis Obispo, CA

SLU San Luis, AZ

SNA San Antonio, TX

SND San Diego, CA

SPA St. Pamphile, ME

SPC San Pedro, CA

SPM St. Paul, MN

SPO Spokane, WA

SRL St. Aurelie, ME

SSM Sault Ste. Marie, MI

STA St. Albans, VT

STL St. Louis, MO

SUM Sumas, WA

SWE Sweetgrass, MT

SYR Syracuse, NY

SYS San Ysidro, CA

TAC Tacoma, WA

TAM Tampa, FL

TEC Tecate, CA

THO Thousand Islands Bridge, NY

TOL Toledo, OH

TRL Trail Creek, MT

TRO Trout River, NY

TUC Tucson, AZ

TUR Turner, MT

VCB Vanceboro, ME

VNB Van Buren, ME

WAL Walhalla, ND

WAR Warroad, MN

WAS Washington, DC

WBE West Berkshire, VT

WCM Willow Creek, MT

WHI Whitetail, MT

WHM Wildhorse, MT

WHO Westhope, ND

WIL Wilmington, NC

WND Williston, ND (Int’l Airport)

WPB West Palm Beach, FL

WRA Wrangell, AK

YAK Yakima, WA

YOU Youngstown, NY

Major US Cities and their Respective Airports:
City and Map Official AirportWebsite State IATA-Code
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Georgia ATL
Anchorage Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Alaska ANC
Austin Austin-Bergstrom International Texas AUS
Baltimore Baltimore/Washington International – BWI Airport Maryland BWI
Boston Logan International Massachusetts BOS
Charlotte Charlotte Douglas International North Carolina CLT
Chicago Chicago Midway Airport Illinois MDW
Chicago Chicago O’Hare International Illinois ORD
Cincinnati Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Ohio CVG
Cleveland Cleveland Hopkins International Ohio CLE
Columbus Port Columbus International Ohio CMH
Dallas Dallas/Ft. Worth International – DFW Airport Texas DFW
Denver Denver International Airport Colorado DEN
Detroit Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Michigan DTW
Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Florida FLL
Fort Myers Southwest Florida International Florida RSW
Hartford Bradley International Connecticut BDL
Honolulu Hawaii Honolulu International Hawaii HNL
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Texas IAH
Houston William P. Hobby Airport Texas HOU
Indianapolis Indianapolis International Indiana IND
Kansas City Kansas City International Missouri MCI
Las Vegas McCarran International Nevada LAS
Los Angeles Los Angeles International – LAX Airport California LAX
Memphis Memphis International Tennessee MEM
Miami Miami International Airport Florida MIA
Minneapolis Minneapolis/St. Paul International Minnesota MSP
Nashville Nashville International Tennessee BNA
New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Louisiana MSY
New York John F. Kennedy International New York JFK
New York LaGuardia International New York LGA
Newark Newark Liberty International New Jersey EWR
Oakland Metropolitan Oakland International California OAK
Ontario Ontario International California ONT
Orlando Orlando International Florida MCO
Philadelphia Philadelphia International Pennsylvania PHL
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Arizona PHX
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh International Pennsylvania PIT
Portland Portland International Oregon PDX
Raleigh-Durham Raleigh-Durham International North Carolina RDU
Sacramento Sacramento International California SMF
Salt Lake City Salt Lake City International Utah SLC
San Antonio San Antonio International Texas SAT
San Diego Lindbergh Field International California SAN
San Francisco San Francisco International California SFO
San Jose Mineta San José International California SJC
Santa Ana John Wayne Airport, Orange County California SNA
Seattle Seattle-Tacoma International – Seatac Airport Washington SEA
St. Louis Lambert-St. Louis International Missouri STL
Tampa Tampa International Florida TPA
Washington D.C. Dulles International Airport Washington D.C. IAD
Washington D.C. Ronald Reagan Washington National Washington D.C. DCA


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