Key Considerations for High Value Goods Dealers in Anti-Money Laundering Regulations

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| Courtney Price

In high-value goods dealing, navigating the labyrinth of anti-money laundering (AML) regulations is paramount. The stakes are high, and the penalties for non-compliance can be severe.

In AML Laws and Regulations with a Focus on High Value Goods Dealers, Elaine Jackson looks into the essential considerations that dealers in high-value goods must keep at the forefront of their operations to ensure adherence to AML laws and regulations.

Understanding the Definition of a High-Value Goods Dealer

The first step in compliance is understanding whether your business falls under the definition of a high-value goods dealer. This classification is not just about the type of goods you deal in but also involves the transaction methods and values. For instance, any cash transactions exceeding $10,000 automatically categorize a business as a high-value goods dealer, bringing with it a suite of obligations aimed at preventing money laundering activities.

Documented Policies and Procedures

A robust framework of documented policies and procedures is the backbone of AML compliance. These documents should clearly outline the company's understanding of its role as a high-value goods dealer, including detailed policies for handling cash transactions. Not accepting cash might seem like a straightforward policy, but it's crucial to have formal documentation in place to guard against the threat of being inadvertently involved in or facilitating money laundering.

Customer Due Diligence and Record Keeping

Performing thorough customer due diligence is a critical requirement for high-value goods dealers. This process includes verifying the identity of customers through photo identification and utility bills for cash transactions over $10,000. Moreover, dealers are mandated to maintain detailed records of customer interactions for the last five years, capturing information such as names, turnover, highest value transactions, and payment methods. This meticulous record-keeping facilitates transparency and aids in the detection of suspicious activities.

Training and Vigilance Against Collusion

Staff training on AML protocols cannot be overstated. Every member of the organization, from top management to frontline employees, needs to be vigilant against collusion and aware of the procedures to follow when a suspicious activity is detected. This includes internal reporting mechanisms as well as the process for making external reports to the relevant authorities, such as the Department of Justice.

Compliance with the Department of Justice

Registration for reporting suspicious transactions with the Department of Justice is a legal requirement for high-value goods dealers. This compliance aspect also involves being prepared for potential inspections, during which the Department of Justice will review the dealer's policies and procedures manual, customer listings, and records of transactions and due diligence efforts.

For dealers in high-value goods, the landscape of AML regulations is complex but navigable with the right approach. Understanding the scope of what defines a high-value goods dealer, implementing comprehensive policies and procedures, conducting diligent customer due diligence, fostering a culture of vigilance among staff, and ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies are the pillars of a sound AML strategy. By adhering to these key considerations, high-value goods dealers can not only mitigate the risks of money laundering but also uphold the integrity of their operations in the eyes of the law and society.

For the full session, please click here. In this course Elaine Jackson covers the following topics;

  • What is Money Laundering
  • What are the current Laws & Regulations
  • Who Regulates Anti-Money Laundering Compliance
  • Who are High Value Goods Dealers
  • Key Considerations for HVGDs

The contents of this article are meant as a guide only and are not a substitute for professional advice. The author/s accept no responsibility for any action taken, or refrained from, as a result of the material contained in this document. Specific advice should be obtained before acting or refraining from acting, in connection with the matters dealt with in this article.

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About the Author

Courtney Price is a content creator for CPDStore. Courtney joined us during the COVID-19 pandemic and has been involved in the ever-evolving world of accounting ever since. Her passion for reading and writing, coupled with her degree in copywriting from Vega School has allowed her to channel her creativity and expertise into crafting engaging and informative content.


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