Can I appeal a currency seizure by the Canada Border Services Agency?

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Yes, there is a legal mechanism to appeal a currency seizure by the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”).  You have a legal obligation to report any import and/or export of currency and/or monetary instruments of more than $Canadian 10,000 (including the equivalent in other currencies). We say “more than $Canadian 10,000”, we mean the combined value of all the currency and monetary instruments.  We do not mean each type of monetary instrument separately.

When you travel by air, you are required to answer a question on your E311 Declaration Card or at the automated kiosk asking whether you have currency or monetary instruments in excess of $CDN 10,000.  When arriving by vehicle to a land border crossing, you are required to report to the primary CBSA officer whether you have currency and/or monetary instruments exceeding $Canadian 10,000 in the vehicle.  If you are leaving Canada, you are required to go to a CBSA office in the airport or border crossing to complete an E667 “Cross-Border Currency or Monetary Instruments Report – General” to report currency and monetary instruments exceeding a combined value of $Canadian 10,000.

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