CBP ISSUES NOTICE ADVISING RETURNED/UNDELIVERABLE MAIL DUE TO INCORRECT ADDRESS MAY CAUSE CONTINUOUS BOND TO BE INSUFFICIENT

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued a notice to the trade advising that returned/undeliverable mail resulting from an incorrect address will render a US Customs continuous bond insufficient. Additionally, this change will be transparent in that CBP is not required to issue a written warning to importers prior to suspending the bond. Should this occur, the continuous bond cannot be used, and each import would require coverage under a single entry bond until the address correction is made with CBP.

Customs’ position is a strong one in that they expect Importers of Record to ensure their address on file with CBP is valid at all times. We urge our clients to provide immediate notification to [email protected] whenever a change takes place and we will process the necessary amendment to your continuous bond to prevent such an action by CBP. Something as minute as a suite number move needs to be updated in Customs records as well.

Continuous bonds can be deemed inadequate based upon several other factors such as increased duty liability and value of imported merchandise. However, in these cases, Customs and Border Protection will provide written communication to the importer advising of the need for a limit increase.

Please ensure that any such notices are immediately brought to Jason Lemieux’s attention for assistance with the necessary changes.