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Press Release: Customs Officials seize undeclared cash under the new cash control legislation

In the early hours of today, Customs officials from the Customs Anti-Money Laundering Team and the Enforcement Unit, carrying out currency checks at the Malta International Airport's departures lounge, discovered nearly 20,000 US dollars in undeclared cash.

 The officials were screening passengers boarding a flight bound to Tunis early this morning, when a Libyan national was asked to proceed to the Customs Departures Office for a currency check. Searches on the passenger, and his belongings, yielded a discovery of 20,000 US dollars.

Under the new legislation pertaining to undeclared cash, which recently went into force, the passenger forfeited the cash in excess, of the equivalent of 10,000 euros, to avoid appearing in court and risking a heavy fine. This is the first time that Subsidiary Legislation 233.07 of the Laws of Malta was put in to force.

This legislation states, that, if a passenger is found carrying undeclared cash that amounts to under 20,000 euros, he can agree to an out of court settlement with the Customs Department, thus avoiding losing his flight and avoiding to appear in court and possible being fined.