Crossing the Border with Physical Gold (Updated – Comments)

After doing a search for “gold news” earlier today the first story to come up was about an American smuggling 121 pounds of gold into Bolivia. That’s a lot of gold for an individual. 121 ounces is one thing but 121 POUNDS – WOW, that’s impressive. The gold is estimated to be valued around $1.5 million U.S.. The gentleman was also carrying “several pounds of silver” as well.

Of course, he is being treated like a “terrorist” or criminal or being looked at in ways that are probably far removed from the truth. My guess, he is just a person trying to get his gold out of the U.S. and into a safer place. Unfortunately, it didn’t work to well. Then again, there could be a lot more to the story that hasn’t surfaced yet.

How does a person get their physical gold out of the country and into a safe zone where one can live off the gold? Is airfreight using a service like UPS or FEDEX or another privately owned company the way to go? Smuggling your physical gold out of the country and then making a move once you arrive, presuming you arrive safely and all the gold intact.

As ownership of physical gold is being treated more like a crime than a protection of wealth what does a person do, especially, to get their physical gold across the border?

One idea would be to deliver your gold back into the market, take the funds from the transfer of gold to fiat currency and convert it to bitcoin or another cryptocurrency, move to the desired location and reverse the process. Not sure. Could be a solution, but it seems almost as risky as attempting to move physical gold across the border through smuggling or entering legally. Well, maybe not equally as risky, but a lot of risk involved in the situation. Going digital could prove to be extremely risky. The internet could get shut down, your account could hacked and the list goes on from there.

As Dave Kranzler suggested in our latest Shadow of Truth episode getting to the Florida Keys and having a merchant sailor take you and your gold to one of the non-American Caribbean islands could be an option. For the cost of couple of ounces of gold this may provide safe passage to another country. Another idea would be to find a “soft spot” along the Mexican border and walking your gold to another country. Both of these ideas are extremely risky for a number of reasons. One would have to think all the way through either of these scenarios to anticipate weakness’ within your plan. Going into Canada is probably not an option, although it might work, but remember Canada is going to less friendly than Mexico.

Another option could be BitGold. Simply deposit your physical gold then walk across the border and begin using your gold as you would any plastic fiat currency with the difference being, your gold is what you would be spending instead of fiat currency. You could also use your BitGold account to acquire physical gold, in hand, for storage at your new location instead being at the mercy of an electronic system. The person attempting to get his gold out of the U.S. and into Bolivia was not interested in the physical gold leaving his possession, for any reason, for any length of time! Who can blame him?

Maybe we can get Jeff Berwick on the case. I searched Dollar Vigilante for information on this topic and it came up empty. More than likely it is simply a case of not having the proper search terms, but we need more information on this topic. If there is anyone out there that has experience please send me an email using our contact form located at the bottom of every page on this website.

Click here for the article discussing the situation in Bolivia.


TDC Note – This is a comment left at GoldSeek. It speaks directly to the situation and provides very good insight.


My wife is Hispanic. We travel to Mexico 3-4 times per year. She has traveled and crossed the border many times since the early 80’s. Going south into Mexico is not difficult, at least not at the crossings we use. They are not looking for stuff like metals. They look for a vehicle that is loaded down with too much stuff for two people to be reasonable. You will get taxed for an “excessive” amount of clothes, food, furniture etc. I say two people because that’s my wife and I. It seems to me that the Mexican government does not want “too much” stuff brought in because they want Mexican’s to buy from Mexican’s. It’s kind of a tariff at the border you might say. Now if you have too much, they might unload your truck and then things may be found. Do not cross with stuff in boxes, it needs to be in suit cases and things like that and the older the better, duffle bags. Anything that looks brand new and commercial will draw suspicion and will be questioned and probably taxed at a minimum. If you could not pay the tax, they may confiscate stuff.

The real search and suspicion comes when you head north, even if you are American and have blond hair and blue eyes….and not from the Mexican’s either, from the American’s. They are very suspicious and you better have the mentality that it’s a privilege to reenter the country even if you are a gringo. If you think crossing north is easy, you better change your mentality because they are not friendly to anyone heading north. If you are not prepared mentally, you might get caught off guard and create more of a hassle for yourself, IE search of the car or truck you are driving. It’s a straight face, no joking around situation, answer only the questions asked, no small talk and do what they say. You essentially have no rights coming back into the US and you have better have that mentality.

We once crossed and I had an apple in my back pack. I am a pilot and I got the apple on my most recent trip and forgot it was in there. It was an American apple, I just forgot it. That really almost caused and search of the vehicle and them prodding us through several questions. We nearly had to get out of our truck and allow them to search our vehicle.

If you get nervous, they will be on you like stink on dog doo doo.

Heading south with metal I do not think is a big deal, as long as you don’t draw suspicion starting with how you pack what you are taking and the quantities. Start small, make the move of your metal over a period of time, not all at once.

I think heading south you can be friendlier with the Mexican border guards, certainly not heading north.



Have researched this subject and have found at least one US company that will ship anywhere in the world. Does not eliminate all risks though as customs gets involved in most countries. Shipping to me in Costa Rica no problem except the 30% excise tax they would imposed? . Also a local dealer here swears people traveling in carry substantial amounts of gold and silver coins (even more than $10,000 worth) on their person (in luggage until arrival) with no problems and that is how he gets his stock? Still sounds like a risk with TSA and luggage, but he swears it is no problem.


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