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International Trade Legal and Business Solutions

Transporting Money Into or Out of the United States

Time is always of the essence in currency seizure cases. The longer the money remains in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the more likely it is that your money will be forfeited to the U.S. Government. Money seizure law is complex, so you'll need the experienced and effective legal representation our firm can provide you with.

Many people traveling into and out of the United States are unaware of the requirement to report the transportation of U.S or foreign currency. In fact, U.S. law requires any currency or other negotiable instruments (like traveler's checks, coins, or  "bearer instruments"  like money orders, stocks, or bonds) that exceed $10,000 must be reported directly to a CBP officer before entering or leaving the country.

A CBP officer's seizure of U.S. or foreign currency usually results from the international traveler's failure to file the proper form of a written currency declaration. In other cases, a traveler may have included erroneous or incomplete information in the text of the declaration. In most instances, the violation was the result of a lack of knowledge relating to the reporting requirement. On other occasions, CBP officers may misinterpret the intent of the seizure regulations.

The consequences for violating the law can be severe, and may include seizure of the assets as well as other penalties. In a global environment of escalating crime and the threat of terrorism, CBP officers are particularly sensitive to large (and sometimes not-so-large), unreported sums of money entering or leaving the United States.  If your money has been seized, contact us right away.

Problems with Other U.S. Government Agencies

Should you have import- or  export-related problems with these and other U.S. Government  departments and agencies, we can offer you the help you need.

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service
  • Foreign Agricultural Service
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
  • U.S. Public Health Service
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Bureau of Industry and Security
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • International Trade Commission
  • Consumer Products Safety Commission
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission

Ocean and Other Transportation Carrier Issues

Should you have problems with an ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) or other type carrier, whether air or land, we can help you to resolve your difficulties. And if you'd like to apply for a Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) OTI license, we can assist you with the application process.

Freedom of Information Act Requests

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the U.S. Government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. We can help you to be in the know. Contact us to learn how to take advantage of the FOIA.

Keeping Your Import and Export Trade Data Confidential -- And Learning How to Get Hold of Your Competitors' Trade Data

There is no privacy for your company's ocean import or export manifest data. Your overseas supplier information is out there and available to your actual and prospective  business competitors. Valuable company details that parties involved in international trade think are private or secret are simply not confidential -- until you do something to make them so.

The "confidential" information being published by many online companies is actually public information. They are selling your company's import and export ocean manifest information, which has been provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to your hungry competitors. Your competition can know everything about your international supply chain, including vendors, customers, carriers, products, HTS or Schedule B numbers, weights and measures etc. This data is easily obtainable via online subscriptions. 

Don't let your company be undermined. Contact us right away to find out how you can prevent the CBP from revealing your business secrets. You can't afford to do nothing  about making a confidential ocean manifest certification request to the CBP.  Moreover, you can't afford not  to know how to secure your competitors' trade information.  We can show you how to do so lawfully. Contact us today.

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