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You know how hard it is to find information anywhere that makes any sense when it comes to importing and customs. We’ve got you covered. The true key to your import success is finding a Licensed Customs Broker to secure a bond for your shipments.
You Need a Customs Bond:
1 . What’s the difference between an Annual Bond and a Continuous Customs Bond?
Nothing. They are one in the same. For a period of one year of the issue date, you can use this type of bond to clear all of your commercial imports through customs.
2 . Can I purchase a bond to import personal items such as furniture, engines, pets, clothing, etc.?
No. Personal items that are less than $200 are not taxed. Personal items valued at more than $200 are taxed and paperwork is required. A customs bond and the services of a customs broker ensure your imports are processed correctly.
3. Am I affected by the new trade tariffs?
Possibly. Review the administration’s trade tariff database to stay updated and learn more.
4. Is navigating the customs clearance process confusing?
Yes, it can be. However, if you need additional consulting, you can reach out to our partner, AFC International.
5. Can my customs broker use my bond and file importing paperwork for me?
Absolutely. All you need to do is give your customs broker access by providing power of attorney to make your importing life easier.
6. Does this bond work at all U.S. ports of entry?
Yes. A great feature of the continuous bond is it gives you access to every one of the country’s more than 300 ports, including preclearance offices in Canada and the Caribbean!
7. When are U.S. ports of entry open for business?
All of your importing business at U.S. ports of entry must be done between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, you can purchase our bond online 24/7.