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    Customs Bond FAQ

    What does the $50,000 continuous bond cover? Does it only cover the first $50,000 of my imports?

    Customs calculates the sufficiency of a continuous bond based off of 10% of the fees paid to Customs in the past 365 days.

    Example 1: An importer’s previous years imports are valued at $10,000,000, and the fees (duty + MPF + HMF) paid to Customs total $100,000. 10% of the fees paid would be only $10,000. This is less than the $50,000 continuous bond. Therefore the minimum $50,000 continuous bond would still be sufficient.
    Example 2: An importer’s previous years imports are valued at $10,000,000, and the fees (duty + MPF + HMF) paid to Customs total $600,000. 10% of the fees paid would be $60,000. This is greater than the $50,000 continuous bond. Therefore the minimum $50,000 continuous bond would not be sufficient. The importer would be required to purchase a Customs bond of $60,000 or greater.

    For a more detailed analysis of how Customs calculates bond sufficiency, please review the following CBP website: http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/trade/trade_programs/bonds/pilot_program/bond_form.ctt/bond_form.pdf

    Why was the Single Entry Bond (SEB) purchased for more than the value of my cargo?

    The value of the SEB for most entries is based on the value of the cargo plus all duties, taxes and fees. The exception is for entries with cargo regulated by agencies where failure to redeliver could pose a threat to the public health and safety. The agencies include but may not be limited to the following: FDA, EPA, BATF, CPSC, USDA, FCC, TOSCA. In these instances, the SEB will be for not less than three times the total entered value of the merchandise.

    Why are other companies offering multi-year (2-year / 3-year) bonds?

    Customs does not issue multi-year bonds. The “multi-year” option is a convenience option for importers. The bond will automatically be renewed in the second and third year without annual reminders for renewal. GWL can offer a 2 year and 3 year bonds upon request.