Chinese man caught with $45,000 on leaving Vietnam
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A Chinese passenger, Guo Zhi, was caught carrying US$45,000 in cash without reporting it to customs when he was about to leave Vietnam at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday.
Guo Zhi at the Tan Son Nhat airport customs office. On the table is the excessive amount retained by customs officers. Photo: Dan Tri
Customs officers found the amount in the hand luggage of the 27 year-old man, who took flight CZ368 from HCMC to the Chinese province of Guang Zhou on Tuesday.
Zhi failed to show the officers a license from the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) allowing him to leave Vietnam with such an amount.
Under a SBV regulation, from September 1, 2011, the carrying of more than $5,000 in cash, or an equivalent amount in other foreign currencies, when leaving Vietnam must be reported to customs for resolution.
The airport customs let Zhi keep $5,000 with him and made an administrative violation report to retain the excessive amount of $40,000 for handling according to applicable regulations.