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Customs confiscate currency

Customs officers found 400,000 euros (US$526,640) wrapped in tinfoil in a Chinese woman’s luggage at Pudong International Airport when she entered the country from France, airport officials said yesterday.

The foreign currency limit is US$5,000. Passengers have to apply for permission to take extra cash with them.

The passenger was clearing Customs when her luggage was flagged as abnormal and officers opened her case and found the money.

Customs at Pudong International Airport have dealt with 197 cases of currency smuggling till August 31 this year.

Customs said each inbound or outbound person can have a maximum of 20,000 yuan. If the cash is foreign currency, the traveler must get a license from designated foreign exchange banks when the amount falls in a range of US$5,000 to US$10,000.



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