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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Response Time

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We are always asked by clients, how long will it take to receive a decision back from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP” or “Customs”) regarding their case.  While Customs does not have a legal deadline (United States v. Von Neumann, 474 U.S. 242, 251 (1986)), we inform our clients that the average response time is ninety (90) days from when we file the our Petition for Remission or Mitigation of Forfeiture.  Certain Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures (“FP&F”) offices are faster in providing decisions than others.  For example, FP&F Detroit is one of the faster offices that issues decisions versus FP&F Chicago, which takes longer to process.  Based upon our experience we have broken down some of the FP&F offices in the following table:

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We handle currency/money seizure cases nationwide at Customs offices including but not limited to: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland/Middleburg Heights, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Long Beach/Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Nogales, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Yuma.

For more information about this blog post, please contact Abady Law Firm, P.C. and speak with our attorney at (800) 549-5099. Also visit to chat with a currency seizure lawyer — who has insight into the Customs Monetary Instruments Report — about your currency seizure situation and to schedule a consultation.  


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