CBP Releases Guide on Bond Amounts Standardization

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released detailed guidelines for determining minimum bond amounts. The guide can be found on their website here. This new guide is a step towards standardizing the process for setting bond amounts across most bond types. CBP has worked to streamline the methodology for determining bond amounts, collaborating with … Read more

CBP COVID-19 – 90 Day Postponement of Payment for the Deposit of Certain Estimated Duties, Taxes, and Fees

Customs (CBP) has announced some temporary changes (CSMS #42423171, CSMS #42421561, FRN) concerning the payment of certain duties, taxes and fees in response to importers negatively impacted by COVID-19.  These changes only impact certain types of import transactions (entries), such as formal entries of merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption from March 2020 or April … Read more

Our COVID-19 Response

We at C.A. Shea & Company, Inc. are constantly monitoring the evolution and development of COVID-19 and assessing the threat to the well-being of our staff and associates. Beginning on March 17, 2020, we will be adhering to the “social distancing” policy and have instructed our staff to remain home during this time of uncertainty.  … Read more

CBP Releases New 5106 Form

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced an update to the 5106 form effective March 18, 2019.  CBP has been working on this new 5106 form for the past few years.  Our office has provided input on this form several times, which has impacted the final form.  This new form is quite different than the … Read more

Increased Tariffs for Steel and Aluminum

On March 8, 2018 the President issued proclamations to increase the tariffs/duties owed on the importation of steel and aluminum articles into the United States.  These changes have caused some concern in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) world, especially regarding the bond amounts for continuous Importer bonds.  Since these changes can be quite … Read more

CBP Insufficiency

CBP periodically monitors the sufficiency of active bonds they have on file.  If they find that an active Importer bond is not sufficient according to it’s published directive, which is based on the import activity of the principal, they may do one of two things.  (1) In the event that CBP feels the current bond … Read more

What is an Airport Security Bond?

Do you have construction clients who work, or will be working, at an international airport?  If so, they may need an Airport Security bond before they start the job. According to Customs: “Customs security area” means the Federal inspection services area at any airport accommodating international air commerce designated for processing passengers, crew, their baggage … Read more

What is a Custodian of Bonded Merchandise bond?

A Custodian of Bonded Merchandise bond, activity code 2, covers various types of operations for companies transporting or holding goods that have not yet entered the commerce of the United States for export or entry at a later time or place; also known as “Bonded Merchandise.”  Operations such as bonded warehouses, cartmen, carriers (long and … Read more

Paperless Invoices and Statements

In an attempt to better serve our clients, our office will be sending renewal notices and statements via email in the future.  This will allow our clients to receive their statements and renewal invoices directly into their email inbox without having to worry about documents getting lost in the mail.  It also cuts down on … Read more