Kevin Daily

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

C.A. Shea Surety Relationships

We are pleased to announce that C.A. Shea has entered into relationships with Berkshire Hathaway and XL Catlin. In our efforts to provide the highest level of service and expertise, C.A. Shea & Company, Inc. has working relationships with the following surety groups: AIG– Surety Arch Insurance Company Argo Surety Aspen Insurance Berkley Surety Group … Read more

How to Update Names & Addresses on File with CBP

Before eBond went into effect, an entity’s name and/or address on file with CBP for a continuous bond could only be updated by filing a rider along with the 5106 form.  Neither the address, nor the name, could be changed without the consent and formal acknowledgement by the principal and surety company, as the rider … Read more

The Freeze Program for Addresses

Given the impact that incorrect information on file with CBP can have, it is important that brokers and principals be aware of the options available to them.  One such option is the “Freeze Program,” which CBP has had in effect for many years, which could help the principal control the information CBP has on file.  … Read more