Air and Ocean Carriers Must Sign New MOU With U.S. Customs On April 23, 2010

Air and ocean carriers often unintentionally transport aliens into the United States who do not have a valid passport and/or an unexpired visa. Carriers receive a fine from U.S. Customs and Border Protection of $3,000 for every such alien illegally transported. Carriers can get an automatic reduction of 50% of the fine by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with U.S. Customs. Carriers must obtain and submit the new MOU to U.S. Customs on April 23, 2010.