What is a Customs Bond?

Common Freight Costs & Charges


Who Charges the Customs Bond: Customs

Charge At: Destination

Customs Bond Description: The bond protects the US government should an importer not pay any duties, penalties, etc. either while the goods are in CBP custody or after release. It also has a practical advantage of speeding up clearance.

Customs Bond Tips: Even if your forwarder arranges customs clearance, if you ship regularly you should develop your own account relationship with CBP. This is how a customs bond may speed up clearance.

The CBP directive on monetary bonds is posted on their site and is quite complex. Generally, regular shippers should get an annual continuous entry bond, at $500 per year (allow 10 days processing). One-off shipments should get a single entry bond which costs 0.5% of goods value (minimum $50 charge) plus $75 for the ISF bond if you are shipping via Ocean.

You must have a bond before you can make the ISF filing.


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