19 U.S. Code § 1590 - Aviation smuggling
It is unlawful for the pilot of any aircraft to transport, or for any individual on board any aircraft to possess, merchandise knowing, or intending, that the merchandise will be introduced into the United States contrary to law.
Any person who violates any provision of this section is liable for a civil penalty equal to twice the value of the merchandise involved in the violation, but not less than $10,000. The value of any controlled substance included in the merchandise shall be determined in accordance with section 1497(b) of this title.
As used in this section, the term “merchandise” means only merchandise the importation of which into the United States is prohibited or restricted.
A prior section 1590, act June 17, 1930, ch. 497, title IV, § 590, 46 Stat. 750, related to false drawback claims, prior to repeal by act June 25, 1948, ch. 645, § 21, 62 Stat. 862, eff. Sept. 1, 1948. See section 550 of Title 18, Crimes and Criminal Procedure.
2012—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 112–93, § 2(b), inserted “, or attempts or conspires to commit,” after “commits” in introductory provisions.
Subsecs. (g), (h). Pub. L. 112–93, § 2(a), added subsec. (g) and redesignated former subsec. (g) as (h).
For extension of territorial sea of United States, see Proc. No. 5928, set out as a note under section 1331 of Title 43, Public Lands.