U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency I used to work for, regularly seizes and forfeits the assets of travelers, importers and exporters for violations of various laws of the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection can issue penalties in lieu of forfeiting merchandise, or in addition to seizure and forfeiture. How you should approach a penalty or seizure case depends on the specific facts of that case and the laws the government cites to form the basis of the violation.
I have significant experience handling these cases on behalf of the government and private-parties looking to recover all, or portions, of the assets that were seized from them.
If you need assistance recovering assets that were seized, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.
We have also drafted a few guides related to how to approach specific penalties, or seizures, based on the statute CBP cites for its authority.
- 19 USC 1497 Passenger Failure to Declare Penalties
- 31 USC 5316, 5317, 5324 – Currency or Monetary Instrument Report (CMIR)
- 31 USC § 5332 – Bulk Cash Smuggling
- 19 USC 1526 and other Trademark, Copyright and Patent violations
- 19 USC 1592 – Commercial Fraud
You can also read our guide on Trade and Customs laws enforced by CBP.