Customs Bonds


A Customs Bond is principally obtained to guarantee the payment of import duties and taxes, as well as to assure compliance with all laws and regulations governing the entry of merchandise from foreign shipping points into the United States. Roanoke provides bonds to independent insurance agents and brokers throughout the country. We can assist you with meeting your import bond needs.


When merchandise is imported into the United States and later exported, a principal may be entitled to a refund of duty – referred to as a drawback claim. If accelerated drawback is being claimed, a CBP drawback bond is required as a refund is granted prior to liquidation of the drawback claim. The continuous drawback bond is set at the total amount of duty drawback claimed in one year.

Foreign Trade Zone Operator

A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is a designated area within the U.S. located in or near a port of entry, but legally considered outside the customs territory of the U.S. for tariff and entry procedures. FTZs are part of a duty deferral program and are subject to CBP jurisdiction. In general, duty and excise taxes on foreign merchandise admitted to a zone are deferred until the goods are entered into the customs territory for consumption.

A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) operator is required to secure a bond to assure compliance with Customs regulations. The current minimum bond amount required by the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is $50,000. However, the maximum amount is determined by each individual port director and therefore limits may vary. We are a long-time supporter of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and offer preferential pricing for Surety bonds and insurance to their members.

Custodial Bonds

The custodian of bonded merchandise bond covers conveyances that carry merchandise and bonded facilities as indicated below. The minimum bond amount for each varies.

  • Truck Carriers
  • In-Bond Movement
  • Bonded Warehouses
  • Container Freight Station
  • Centralized Exam Station

Airport Customs Security Area Bond

This bond guarantees that the principal will comply with Customs Regulations applicable to Customs security areas in and around airports. Covered parties on the bond include the principal’s employees, agents and contractors. This can be a separate bond, or if your customer has a CBP activity code 1, 2 or 3, those bonds cover this activity.