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What are ISF and Customs Bonds?

Customs Bonds are required by US Customs to safeguard the financial liabilities and interests of the United States in the event of any claims if issued to the importer due to non compliance, such as late ISF Filing. 


ISF Bonds is the bond of choice for single shipment filing and for importers with low import activity or who import only once.

Customs Bond Types

1. ISF Bond - Single use bond for U.S. Customs which covers singe ISF Filing. Guarantees $10,000 of ISF penalty limit for ISF non compliance. Used for Importers which do not possess Continuous Bond. 

2. Single Entry Bond - SEB bond is used for customs clearance. Not to be confused with ISF Bond. 

3. Continuous Bond - Continuous bonds are used for businesses with heavy import activity. The cost of C Bond is not recommended for low volume importers due to the higher upfront costs to purchase.

Custom Bond Value Determination

Single Transaction – Bond is usually completed for either an amount equal to the value of the merchandise plus the duty, taxes and other fees or, for certain merchandise as determined by U.S. Customs, an amount equal to three (3) times the value of the merchandise.

Continuous Bond – Bond amount is usually equal to 10% of the duty and other import taxes paid in the previous year, in multiples of $10,000 if the duties are less than $1,000,000 or multiples of $100,000 if the duties are over $1,000,000. Currently, the minimum bond amount required by U.S. Customs is $50,000. Further, care should be taken to insure that the bond is sufficient to cover the duty, not the value, on any single shipment of merchandise.

Where to Buy Customs Bonds for Efficient ISF Filing and Customs Clearance

When it comes to Importer Security Filing (ISF), securing a customs bond is a critical step in ensuring a smooth and compliant import process. 


Understanding the ISF Bond:

The ISF bond is a vital component in the ISF filing process, providing financial security to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. It serves as a guarantee that the importer will fulfill all obligations related to the ISF requirements and is essential for avoiding delays and penalties in the customs clearance process.

Where to Buy ISF Bonds:

  1. Experience and Expertise: boasts years of experience in the customs and logistics industry, ensuring that you receive expert guidance and support throughout the ISF bond acquisition process.

  2. Transparent Pricing: With us, you can expect transparent and competitive pricing for ISF bonds. No hidden fees or surprises – just clear, straightforward costs to help you budget effectively.

  3. Online Convenience: We offer an online platform that streamlines the ISF bond application process. This user-friendly interface allows you to apply for and manage your ISF bond efficiently, saving you time and effort.

Conclusion: Securing a customs bond for ISF filing is a crucial step in the import process, and is your reliable partner for this essential requirement. With their experience, tailored solutions, transparent pricing, online convenience, and commitment to compliance, we will assure a seamless journey through ISF filing and customs clearance.

Visit our website to learn more about how they can assist you in obtaining an ISF bond and to file your ISF via our ISF Filing Online Form

Understanding Single Entry and Continuous Bonds for Customs Clearance Entry Filing:

Before delving into where to purchase these bonds, it's essential to understand their distinct roles in the importation process.

  1. Single Entry Bond: A Single Entry Bond is designed for a specific shipment, covering the duties, taxes, and fees associated with that particular transaction. Once the shipment is cleared, the bond is considered fulfilled

  2. Continuous Bond: A Continuous Bond, on the other hand, provides coverage for all import transactions made by a specific importer for a set period, typically one year. It offers a cost-effective solution for businesses engaged in frequent importation.

Where to Buy Customs Entry Bonds:


The single entry clearance bond is provided by our customs broker who will include the price of the single use bond with the fees for customs clearance in addition to the import duties. The fees for the single entry bond can be referenced in our fees section. For importers which require a yearly bond, please contact us for more information. 

Obtain Peace of Mind with Late ISF Penalty Protection

Protect your business and personal finances from any late ISF filing penalties which may be issued by US Customs with the purchase of Late ISF Penalty Protection. For $25, importers can take the liability of late ISF penalties issued by U.S. Customs which our surety providers will cover the full amount in the event if you are liable. 

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