How can I pass airport security with 100,000 USD?
If you have acquired the cash legally and can prove that, then you will only need to declare the cash, as you have to declare anything over $10,000.If you don’t declare the cash, even if you acquired it legally, it can be confiscated, until it can be proved to be legitimate, as well as a fine being imposed.If you didn’t acquire the cash legally and cannot prove that it isn’t illegal money, then if found, it will be confiscated and held by police, and used against you as evidence in any court case against you.Now if you are trying to smuggle the cash, your best hope is to try and hide it and then hope that your bags aren’t searched or it doesn’t show up on X-Ray.An example I have seen on a tv show, “Border Security”, was a young teacher who had been working in Japan, and was returning to Australia. He had about $15,000 in Japanese Yen. He had not declared it and it was found. The cash was going to be confiscated by the Federal Police, although because he could prove that it was his savings and that he hadn’t meant to “smuggle” it, he was given a warning.
How much cash can one take to the US on a student visa?
There is no limit on the amount of money that can be taken out of or brought into the United States. However, if a person or persons traveling together and filing a joint declaration (CBP Form 6059-B) have $10,000 or more in currency or negotiable monetary instruments, they must fill out a "Report of International Transportation of Currency and Monetary Instruments" FinCEN 105 (former CF 4790).Please be aware, if persons/family members traveling together have $10,000 or more, they cannot divide the currency between each other to avoid declaring the currency.For example, if one person is carrying $5,000 and the other has $6,000, they have a total of $11, 000 in their possession and must report it on a FinCEN 105. If a person or family fails to declare their monetary instruments in amounts of over $10,000, their monetary instrument(s) may be subject to forfeiture and could result in civil and or criminal penalties.The FinCEN 105 can be obtained prior to traveling or when going through CBP. If assistance is required, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer can help with filling out the form.Source: Currency and Monetary Instruments - Amount that can be brought into or leave the U.S.
Shipping: I want to import five large containers of shoes from Italy to the US. What are my options to find out the cheapest prices for the quality I want?
You need a freight forwarder. When you say containers do you mean actual shipping containers or cartons/boxes of shoes. I have sent 1000's of shoes from Italy to the USA. Problem with shoes is that they take up a lot of volume and freight costs are all based on volume calculations. You will also need a customs broker. Many times the freight forwarders have their own customs broker in house which you can use to clear your goods through US Customs. By the way, US Customs is now Dept. of Homeland Security and Border Protection. You will need to pay the customs bill directly to the broker and they will pay US Customs on your behalf. There is no wiggle room here. You must pay on the exact date US Customs wants the money or there are HUGE penalties. You will also need to post a bond. You cannot import without this. The Customs broker will give you all the details. They will also need a power-of-attorney to make decisions on your behalf involving customs. You must know the composition of the materials in the shoes and how the shoes are put together. Are they made from leather, canvas, rubber, cement etc. If you import any exotic material such as snakeskin, crocodile, stingray, lizard, your shipment will be held pending inspection by Dept of Fish and Wildlife. You need a yearly permit to import those items into the USA. Get it before you import anything if you plan on using these materials at any time. After Fish and Wildlife clear your shipment then Dept. of Homeland Security and Border Protection need to clear it as usual. Allow for delays here. If this is a one time import for your company you can pay to post a bond for a one time import. If you will regularly do this, it pays to set up an account with US Customs (pay fees) as to not have to post a bond each time.To name a few forwarders that specialize only in shipping clothing type goods from Italy : Savino Del Bene, Franco Vago, Port Brokers (that's their name) and JAS. Don't forget the biggies: DHL, UPS and Fedex. Do not count the biggies out. They are competitive and offer a great service because every step can be tracked online. They all have their own fleets of planes unlike freight forwarders who are using commercial carriers such as Delta, KLM, Alitalia, Lufthansa etc. I always had good luck with JAS and DHL depending on the size of the shipment. Freight forwarders are usually cheaper than the big carriers. That does not mean better service. Not all forwarders can send goods from all ports. They may need to truck your goods over land to get to a port. Guess who pays for over land trucking? You! Unless you cut a deal to have it all in the price you agree upon.When the goods clear customs you will have to arrange for shipment from the freight forwarder to your final destination in the USA. Do not assume the goods will be delivered to your door for the price you were quoted. Some forwarders have their own truckers and charge for the delivery on top of the import. Others may just ship the goods to you UPS once they are cleared. Most forwarders are on the coasts or in main points of entry in the USA. Since I am in NYC, there are many main points of entry. NY ports for freight by sea. JFK and Newark Liberty airports for shipments by air. I always shipped by air. By sea, even though cheaper, takes too long. Fedex has a special phone toll free number for cheap forwarding by air. They give you an immediate quote. Why is it cheap or cheaper? Reason is they need to fill up their planes. If you call in with 3 large cartons they might just have that exact space on a flight leaving Italy and will give you next day or 2-day air for a very low price because they want your freight US bound to fill up the last available space.Here is my contact info if you have any more detailed questions. I imported all types of goods from Italy over the last 30 years, mainly luxury menswear, including shoes. The forwarders I named all have offices in major US and European cities, especially Italy. Good luck. Philip Pravda Founder, http://www.suitcafe.com.
Are there any downsides to Global Entry for an Indian passenger?
Eligibility for the Global Entry program is limited to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, plus citizens of a small number of additional countries: Colombia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, and Mexico. Apparently President Trump has announced that India will be added to this select list. That's wonderful news.I cannot say for certain whether applicants from countries other than the United States will face problems in obtaining Global Entry status in addition to those facing U.S. citizens. My wife and I both joined the program - she as a naturalized U.S. citizen, I as a native-born citizen - and both found the process quite straightforward. Basically, you fill out an online application that connects you to your passport, and allows the authorities to verify that you're not a terrorist. You pay a fee of $100 when you apply, which covers five years in the program if approved. Then you wait until your background has been reviewed - for us a few days - and receive an appointment for an interview. The interview took each of us about 5-10 minutes, and is simply aimed at verifying that you are the person who submitted the application, and to take your fingerprints. (The machine at the airport that allows you entry relies on a fingerprint scan.) All very much worth it for the great pleasure of skipping a long,long line at Dulles immigration at 6am after an overnight flight!How closely the experience of applicants from India will resemble that of U.S. citizens is impossible for me to say. I would assume that the background check might take longer, given the greater difficulty of conducting the necessary background checks overseas. It does not obviate the need for a visa to enter the United States, and indeed the Customs and Border Patrol website has a list of visa categories that are incompatible with Global Entry membership. Getting to the interview site might be more troublesome. And finally, the review process could be less certain, putting your application fee at risk.But assuming that your application is successful and you are accepted into the program, the only downside is the need to inform CBP about any changes in your visa status. See U.S. Customs and Border Protection for more details.In short, the process of obtaining Global Entry membership may be more burdensome for non-U.S. citizens than for those who are citizens. But once you have obtained membership, I don't see any significant downsides - only benefits.
As an American, if you accidentally brought a gun to the Canadian border crossing and just remembered it when they asked you if you have any weapons in the car, are you probably going to prison for that mistake?
I am a Canadian, but cross the border a fair number of times for day trips each year. More often than not, I like to pick up my favorite alcohol on my way back. Since it was only a day trip, I get to pay the taxes and duty. This is important only to point out I have to go inside, queue up behind other who are dealing with stuff like hand guns, duty owing etc.Now I have been behind people with hand guns a few time. Here is what I have learned. Now remember I am not a customs agent, so these are just my observations of the interactions with others.First off, yes everyone is correct, DECLARE you firearms, ammunition and explosives. If you do not declare them, and they find them, you are in a TON of trouble. If you are not 100% sure if your hand gun is in your trunk, tell the customs agent exactly that, “I think I took my gun out of my trunk, but I am not 100% sure right now.” They will look, if it is there no problem, if it isn't there even less of a problem. Now if you do have a hand gun, and declare it here is what I have seen happen a few times. Customs will take your gun into their control. It will be tagged and received into inventory. As a courtesy, Canada Customs will hold your hand gun at the border crossing you entered at and issue you a receipt. When you level Canada back to the USA you cross at the same customs point stop off at Canada Customs, give them the receipt and they will give you your gun back for you to take with you back into the USA. I am not sure of the maximum amount of time Canada Customs will hold your gun for you, but they are usually pretty easy going.Now some advice, When you get to the Customs office, you are already inside Canada. If you are carrying a gun, you have committed a pretty serious offense, but like USA ICE/INS the customs officers are there to protect the sovereignty of their country they have no interest in giving you a hard time, unless you MAKE them want to. So to this end, IF you cross the border and find you have something illegal to import and you did not declare it you are in the wrong. Work with the border patrol, they WILL work with you. I know this much from 1st hand experience going into the USA with Cuban cigars, which at the time was a felony to import into the USA. When confronted with the cigars I was to say the least surprised. I knew the box they were in was something I had thrown in the back seat the night before. I know I had Cuban cigars in that box 3 years ago, but I had thought they were all gone. I was wrong to the count of 2. Well enough to say I was going to get the cigars taken away from me. If they were not dried out they would be worth about $75.00 each. When I was told they would be seized I replied with, “Of course, I understand.” and then again apologized for violating US Law. The end result was I lost two cigars, 20 minutes and had to fill out a ton of paperwork. That was it.Now on the Canadian side I was in line behind some American who was yelling at the border officer about how, holding his gun and him having to cross into the USA at the exact same customs point in order to get his gun back, unacceptable that was to him. At one point threatened to take the officers to court and sue them. That is when an RCMP officer grabbed the guy by the neck, walked him briskly to the south facing window, so fast the guy face hit the window. The white posts were pointed out to him (The border between Canada and the USA) and that he was already in Canada, with a gun, and if they so desire he could be charged then and there with attempting to smuggle fire arms into Canada. The guy because very quiet after that.No one expects every person that crosses the US Canada border to know all the rules, and know what the up to date rules are. The trick to making your crossing easier than you ever imagined is be calm, helpful, honest. And don’t give the customs agents hell, they are doing their jobs. If you want to yell at someone, yell at your Member of Parliament, or Congressmen, they write the rules.
How does US immigration know when you overstay your visit in the US? I just left the US on a visit, and I was not stamped out as it used to be in other countries. Not even a form filled. Does the UK not stamp you out too?
You now see an extension of a principle tenet of US law applied to immigration: You are presumed innocent until proven guilty. In this case, the US assumes you will leave when your visa expires. Unless you are picked up for some other reason (like breaking the law somewhere) and found to be overstaying your visa, the US assumes you are honest. Most times, you will get away with it unless you cause trouble somewhere. Merely overstaying your visa is not something so serious that anyone will track you down to confirm that you have left.This sort of thing applies to ALL law enforcement in the USA. Robbers and thieves get away with their crime about 90% of the time. But such people tend to keep doing bad things and eventually get caught and convicted. 10% conviction rate is enough to deter most such crimes. People break the law by all the time by speeding, and might only be caught once every few years. The conviction rate is probably a fraction of a percent. At the other end of the spectrum, more serious crimes are pursued more rigorously.. we don’t want murderers running loose.
US customs and border protection? Is it really possible to "secure" US borders?
Borders can be secured if the is the political will to spend the money.The DMZ between North and South Korea is an excellent example.With the massive trade between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico, there will always be people and things that get past at busy birder crossings.However, the areas which are not official border crossings can be sealed up to what ever degree the political system is wiling to pay for.Border crossings can be made better with various high tech tools, like back scatter X rays, chemical sensors, facial recognition, good intelligence, etc.So the borders can be secured against serious radiological threats, etc.Keep in mind the the border patrol and customs may not arrest everyone the can at the border, they may let some one through, so they can track them and identify other conspirators and smugglers.So the borders may actually be more secure than they appear to be.
Why is integrity important to US Customs and Border Protection?
I'm guessing that by "integrity" you mean the integrity of our border or being able to secure our border.It's important to US Customs and Border Protection because that's their job.Here are some reasons it might be important to those who live in the United States:to protect us from criminals who can cross back and forth to commit crimes and escape prosecution.to protect us from serious diseasesto protect us from invasionto protect us from those our military has abused in other countries
How do I get access to public bill of lading databases from Customs and Border Protection?
As stated in the previous answer, this information is not available to the general public. Here is what CBP says:How can I get information about who is importing or exporting various commodities?Importer names on entry documents are confidential and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does not disclose names of importers to the public. However, there are a number of private sector media services that are permitted by the privacy statute, 19 CFR 103.31 (d), to collect manifest data at every port of entry. Reporters collect and publish names of importers from vessel manifest data unless an importer/shipper requests confidentiality.Please be aware that there is a subscription charge for this information.Among the companies that provide this information service are the Journal of Commerce's PIERS database and Ealing Market Data Engineering Co.