Depending on the commodity, the value of the cargo, and the potential regulatory requirements from a myriad of government agencies (USDA, DOT, EPA, and CPSC to name a few), your bond type (think price and coverage) will vary.

A Customs bond acts as the security to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ensuring that the importer:

  • Complies with all laws regulating the commodity
  • Acts as a guarantee for payment of duties, taxes, and fees

The Activity Code 1 “Continuous” Import Bond is the most common bond type and includes $50,000 coverage for a 12-month period.


What is a Customs Bond?If your import product entry is subject to any of the following, bond providers may request additional information to support alternative bond type underwriting requirements:

  • Antidumping and/or countervailing duties
  • Commodities that require FDA compliance
  • Past history of claims for that particular commodity
  • A foreign importer of record
  • Bond amount is above the minimum ($50,000)

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