There are 2 ways to apply for your US customs import bond with us.
US Customs Import Bond
With a US Customs Import Bond, the importer can use this bond for 365 days and can import cargo through any US port, by air or ocean.
In addition, with this import bond, the importer is NOT locked in to any freight forwarder or customhouse broker. This means that, with an import bond, the importer has total control over their shipment and can use any number of forwarders and customs brokers to offer the most competitive rates.
US importers are required by U.S Customs Borders and Protection to have an import bond when importing any products, cargo, or shipments from any foreign country (Title 19 USC, section 1623).
The purpose of the Continuous Bond (CB) / Import Bond / Annual Bond is to act as a means to ensure US Customs that the importer guarantees payment in the event that liquidated damages are assessed against shipments imported into the United States. Further, the Continuous Bond (CB) / Import Bond/Annual Bond is intended to protect the U.S. government in the event the importer cannot or will not fulfill its obligation to pay money due. Continuous Bond (CB) / Import Bond / Annual Bond, which covers all entries made by an importer at all U.S. ports of entry. The most common surety amount for a CB is $50,000, which is also the least amount recommended by the CBP. The $50,000 surety value has a ceiling coverage of up to $499,999.
Be-aware: The Continuous Bond (CB) / Import Bond / Annual Bond only covers the U.S. customs duties and taxes. The value of the imported cargo is not protected by the import bond.
Do you want to know your bond status? If so, please complete this form and submit it. Within 24 hours, you will receive an e-mail about your bond status: the date and month that it will be expiring, who is your surety bond company, surety code, company bond is under, address bond is under, etc.
- Freight Forwarder Bond (OTI/FMC/FF) $50k = $695 a year
- NVOCC Bond (OTI/FMC/FF) $75k = $995 a year
- Non-U.S. NVOCCs (OTI/FMC/FF) Bond 150k = $1,695 year
- If you required other Additional Office Bond: $10k each = $318 a year
- China Rider Bond $50,000 = $695 a year
- C2 / Trucking Bond / Custodian Bond $100,000 = $1,188 a year
- C3 / AMS Bond / Carrier Bond $100,000 = $1,188 a year
- C4 / FTZ Bond = e-mail us for any bond amount
- Before C2 or/and C3 Bond: You need to apply a SCAC code (Standard
Carrier Alpha Code) from U.S. Customs.
- Call us or Email us to apply other bonds.
Application For Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4
- Type 2 - Activity Code 2 Bond / C2 Bond / Custodian of Bonded Merchandise / Trucking Bond / Bond Carriers / Cartmen / Lightermen / Bonded Warehouse / Container Station Operators.
- Type 3 - C3 Bond / Activity Code 3 Bond / International Carrier Bond / Automated Manifest System ( AMS ) / ICB / Airline / Vessel.
- Type 4 - C4 Bond / Activity Code 4 Bond / Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ Bond) or Airport Security Bond ( ASB ) / Airport Custom Security Bond or FMC/OTI Bond or VOCC Bond or C5 / Public Gauged Bond or Instruments of International Traffic / IIT / 3a Bond or NVO Bond or Ocean Freight Forwarder (OFF/ FF) Bond or China Rider Bond / MOC Bond or Foreigners NVOCC Bond or NVOCC Bond.
Single ISF Bond and Single Entry Bond
Another customs bond known as an Single ISF bond is a special sort of bond. Customs bonds are divided into activity codes, which are intended to cover more particular applications seen in international trade. The US Customs and Border Protection designates an ISF bond as a "Activity Code 16 – Importer Security Filing (ISF) Bond."
Single Entry Bond is most commonly used to describe a specific form of customs import bond. The bond's main function is to ensure that all required tariffs, taxes, and fees are paid to US customs when items are imported into US commerce, as well as that all applicable federal regulations are followed.
Airport Security Bond
An Airport Security Bond, also known as an Activity One Bond, must be obtained by the company, entity, or individual. CBP has set a minimum bond amount of $50,000, but CBP Port Directories at the international airport have the authority to increase the bail amount or impose new bond amount limits at any time.
The CBP will issue the Airport Security Bond / ASB in CBP-301 form; the bond is for the use of the company, entity, or individual and is not a Custom Import Bond; the company, entity, or individual who uses this ASB to import commodity from any foreign country will be in violation of 19 CFR 113.62(i), and CBP has the authority to terminate the bond immediately.
Airport Security Bond Forms
- Power of Attorney (POA) for Continuous Bond form
(1 Year $784.46 for $50,000 and Lower Bond)
- Airport Security Bond Online applications form($50,000 and Lower)
- Airport Security Bond ($50,000 and Lower Application)
- Airport Security Bond ($60,000 and UP Application)
- Sample of Letter from CBP for Airport Security Bond
Any company, entity or person or individual that works around or in an CBP controlled international airport and has access to Custom airport security areas must be bonded.
FMCSA Broker Authority Bond
If any, call or email us to FMCSA Reinstatement / Annual:
- Reinstatement of Bonded Property Broker Licensed $250
- Reinstatement / Annual fee of UCRA for Property Broker Licensed $250
Notes from US Customs on International Carrier Bond (ICB) / C3 Bond.
- Things commercial carriers (i.e. truckers) should know before.
- Transporting cargo from Canada or Mexico into the United States.
All bonds are subject to approval by our underwriter and FMCSA/ Department Of Transportation/US Custom/FMC + other US government agencies, as well as your good credit; otherwise, bond fees and service arrangement fees will vary depending on your credit score. US Customs/US government agencies/us have the authority to change the bond active date at any time. Questions and Answers from www.cbp.gov