Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Travel&Dining > Travel Safety/Security > Trusted Travelers
Reload this Page >

Got a letter from customs do I answer yes?

Got a letter from customs do I answer yes?

Old May 26, 19, 11:15 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 3
Got a letter from customs do I answer yes?

Applying for Global entry and this one question has me stumped on what to put. " Have you ever been found in violation of customs laws" I got a letter once from boarder and security about a 9 months ago about buying fake raybans. So would that mean I answer yes or are they looking for something else where I had to pay fine? Just wanted to check what the best course of action would be.
sharpfish is offline  
Old May 26, 19, 11:28 am
  #2  
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Programs: Flying Blue Silver, Miles & More pleb
Posts: 297
Answer "no".

Receiving a letter does not amount to being found in violation.

IANAL but what I would do. (Those raybans were bought in goodwill, rite?)
Maestro Ramen is offline  
Old May 26, 19, 11:54 am
  #3  
Moderator: Travel Safety/Security, Travel Tools, California, Los Angeles
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: VNY | BUR | LAX
Programs: AAdvantage | MileagePlus
Posts: 11,803
Take a look at this thread:
GE and violation of customs laws
TWA884 is offline  
Old May 26, 19, 1:12 pm
  #4  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: DCA
Programs: UA US CO AA DL FL
Posts: 42,970
All depends on what the letter said. Did it even propose a violation which may now be pending?

You may be assured that because it was issued by CBP, it will show up when CBP runs your background for GE.

I would answer the question truthfully and then bring a copy of the letter with me. If the issue arises, either directly or even in a general way, e.g. "is there anything else you want to say," you can provide the full facts and a copy of the letter.
Often1 is online now  
Old May 26, 19, 5:49 pm
  #5  
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Arizona
Posts: 4,581
I think you are NO GO FOR GOES
Centurion is offline  
Old May 27, 19, 12:22 am
  #6  
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: California
Programs: AA EXP...couple hotels and cars too
Posts: 3,436
Originally Posted by sharpfish View Post
Applying for Global entry and this one question has me stumped on what to put. " Have you ever been found in violation of customs laws" I got a letter once from boarder and security about a 9 months ago about buying fake raybans. So would that mean I answer yes or are they looking for something else where I had to pay fine? Just wanted to check what the best course of action would be.
"once got a letter ABOUT"????????

Just out of the blue, never bought raybans, never had any coversations with CBP about raybans, no nothing- just an odd letter 'about' raybans with no possible linkage to anything you might have ever done?

Sheesh
Exec_Plat is offline  
Old May 27, 19, 7:03 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: USA
Programs: Frontier 100K, AC SE100K, BA Gold, WN A-/CP, Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 3,591
OP-- must be more to this story.

Randomly had open/used Raybans in a personal sunglass case in your bag that they told you may be fake?

or, had multiple new pairs for 'gifts' with no proof of purchase, or told Customs they were a new purchase bragging about the unbelievable price paid. I suspect it is more along these lines...

(every time I hear someone who runs into charges for buying a knockoff purse etc, I assume it's going to be over a brand new item aquired on that very trip rather than one showing wear and tear from many trips plus normal usage).
expert7700 is offline  
Old May 27, 19, 7:09 am
  #8  
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: San Antonio, TX
Programs: AA EXP, DL Silver, Global Entry
Posts: 1,627
Originally Posted by Exec_Plat View Post
"once got a letter ABOUT"????????

Just out of the blue, never bought raybans, never had any coversations with CBP about raybans, no nothing- just an odd letter 'about' raybans with no possible linkage to anything you might have ever done?

Sheesh
Not saying itís the same person but the circumstances remind me of a posting a while back about somebody having their GE revoked, or at least threatened to be revoked, because he had bought an illegally imported fake item. As I recall he was particularly angry as he had supposedly bought the item on Amazon and had no knowledge that it was a fake or illegally imported. I donít recall the final resolution of that or if we ever heard the outcome. Point is, if true, the CBP might have the capability to get customer list in the case fakes and may try to track down the purchasers.
Randyk47 is offline  
Old May 27, 19, 7:32 am
  #9  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: DCA
Programs: UA US CO AA DL FL
Posts: 42,970
Until OP returns with the specifics of the letter and how it came about, there is absolutely no way to advise him on this.
Often1 is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread