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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Seizure

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) has the authority to seize goods and property (including aircraft, vessels, automobiles and currency) for suspected violations of either Customs laws or other law enforced by the CBP (such as the Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA). If your property is seized, you have options to obtain the return of your property, provided you act in a timely manner. Once a “Seizure Notice” is received, you have thirty (30) days to respond with a “Petition”. Failure to properly frame your Petition can result in a denial of your rights and an unknowing or unintentional waiver of your right to respond. The lawyers at Saavedra|Goodwin are familiar with the policies and practices of the CBP and can ensure that your Petition complies with all of the technical requirements of the CBP and sets forth the most compelling reasons for the CBP to return your property in the most efficient and economical way possible. The lawyers at Saavedra|Goodwin  are knowledgeable of CBP rules for import and export and can provide guidance and advice to minimize the likelihood of seizures by the CBP.