Officials announced that a Japanese man was caught trying to transport 100 million yen in cash across international borders, Apple Daily reported. The equivalent amount of cash was the largest sum ever seized by customs officials in 36 years at Taoyuan International Airport.
The 48-year-old man was caught at 11:00 this morning on his way to the Philippines on China Airlines. Security made the discovery when they scanned the traveler’s checked luggage. The bills are allegedly older issues and the man claimed that he was taking them to Manila to see if they were worth more than new notes.
The amount of foreign currency allowed for travelers to pass through customs without declaring is US$10,000. However, travelers are allowed to exit Taiwan with up to US$20,000 of gold.
The approximate weight of 100 million yen is 10 kg, well below the average allowed weight of checked baggage on flights (assuming the airline provides free checked bags).