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Upcoming GE interview / prior customs incident

Old Feb 7, 18, 9:33 am
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Upcoming GE interview / prior customs incident

I have my Global Entry interview coming up and so I've passed the first page. I answered every question truthfully to the best of my ability, including that I had never been found to have had a customs violation.

However, I do now recall one incident from 2 or 3 years ago, which I do not think of as a finding of violation. I arrived with my family from Europe at JFK. At baggage claim, an agent asked if me if I had any food in the checked luggage. I then answered--after quick consultation with my spouse--that there was something. It was either that I had forgotten about it or it was that my spouse had packed and I didn't even know about. I don't remember exactly what - maybe some chocolate or a jar of honey, or a yogurt something. It was something small.

The agent then thanked me for my honesty and then revealed that a dog had sniffed it. She told me that because I gave her a completely honest answer straight away I would not be fined. I never heard anything more about it, have never been flagged for extra inspection (as best I can remember, although I have some dim recollection that maybe I got an X once? If so, it was no big deal there was definitely no extra searching or anything).

Will this be grounds for denial? Or do you think I will be ok? I made the application for my whole family, so it will really defeat the point if I am now rejected! After searching online, I am seeing that similar incidents are treated seriously for GE purposes, but I wasn't sure about my case given the facts.
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Old Feb 7, 18, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by Balkan View Post
I have my Global Entry interview coming up and so I've passed the first page. I answered every question truthfully to the best of my ability, including that I had never been found to have had a customs violation.

However, I do now recall one incident from 2 or 3 years ago, which I do not think of as a finding of violation. I arrived with my family from Europe at JFK. At baggage claim, an agent asked if me if I had any food in the checked luggage. I then answered--after quick consultation with my spouse--that there was something. It was either that I had forgotten about it or it was that my spouse had packed and I didn't even know about. I don't remember exactly what - maybe some chocolate or a jar of honey, or a yogurt something. It was something small.

The agent then thanked me for my honesty and then revealed that a dog had sniffed it. She told me that because I gave her a completely honest answer straight away I would not be fined. I never heard anything more about it, have never been flagged for extra inspection (as best I can remember, although I have some dim recollection that maybe I got an X once? If so, it was no big deal there was definitely no extra searching or anything).

Will this be grounds for denial? Or do you think I will be ok? I made the application for my whole family, so it will really defeat the point if I am now rejected! After searching online, I am seeing that similar incidents are treated seriously for GE purposes, but I wasn't sure about my case given the facts.
You should be fine since you declared verbally when asked. I forgot to mention an incident at my NEXUS interview, although I included in my NEXUS application. Officer asked about this incident and then thanked me for my honesty.

For your future reference, anything edible is considered food. Here are two long threads about this food subject. Global Entry Kiosks Declarations and Food Questions and Caught with undeclared goods/food/fruit by CBP. Will Global Entry be revoked?

Here is a thread about what questions are asked at Global Entry interview. What Questions Do They Ask in a Global Entry Interview?

Good luck. Please come back and let us know your result.
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Old Feb 7, 18, 12:16 pm
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Thanks! Very helpful. As I recall more clearly, I am not sure the customs form I filled out had the word "food" on it as a generally category. I think I saw something about that in another thread, that "food" per se is not / was not always on the questionnaire. And so I'm not even sure I forgot about this food so much as not understand that it was actually covered by the questions. I will try to remember better, and I will definitely read through those threads. Most appreciated and I will definitely write back. I still have over a month before the interview.
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Old Feb 7, 18, 6:14 pm
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Not disagreeing with the prior advice, however, you may find useful information in the following threads:
GE and violation of customs laws

Should I bother applying for Global Entry and/or Pre-check? Recent customs warning

What Questions Do They Ask in a Global Entry Interview?
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Old Feb 7, 18, 6:44 pm
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Thanks - having read, I'm feeling optimistic considering that (1) I self-declared when asked before being told about the dog and I was never searched, (2) the agent was very nice and understanding, and I was not given an official warning or anything, and (3) I'm pretty sure that I had been honest on the form, and that I had not understand that what was founded needed to be declared. I guess I'll find out though!
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Old Mar 22, 18, 8:53 am
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Hi - so I had my interview and there were no hiccups. The agent asked me the one question about customs violations and spoke over me when I tried to bring up this past incident. He told me my record was clear and that my answer was no violations. So he answered the question for me and gave me my number! Super easy, but I was glad to be prepared and thanks for all the advice. Iím on a trip now and am already enjoying the TSA Pre.
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Old Mar 22, 18, 9:07 am
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Originally Posted by Balkan View Post
Hi - so I had my interview and there were no hiccups. The agent asked me the one question about customs violations and spoke over me when I tried to bring up this past incident. He told me my record was clear and that my answer was no violations. So he answered the question for me and gave me my number! Super easy, but I was glad to be prepared and thanks for all the advice. Iím on a trip now and am already enjoying the TSA Pre.
Thank you for your update. When you receive your Global Entry card, make sure to activate it within 30 days.
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