Customs Bonds

  1. General Info
  2. Bond Queries
  3. Single Entry Bonds
  4. Invoicing for SEB fees
  5. SEB printing

General info

Customer bond information is stored in the Customer Bond database.   Access the customer bond database from either the Import Database Menu or the Query Menu.


Bond Queries

Bond queries are keyed off of the importer number.

To create a bond query:

  1. Make sure that a valid customer record exists.
  2. Open the Query Menu then select Query Bond Data.
  3. Enter or lookup the customer code on the Customer Bond Data screen, then press the F6 function key to create the query.
  4. Use the UPLOAD ALL OTHERS option on the Communications Menu to prepare the bond query request.
  5. Transmit to USCS.

If the Company format IRS number is transmitted with ** as the last two characters, USCS will return data for all IRS numbers that match the first part of the IRS number. The download program will not find a match (since the customer IRS number ends in **) but all items will be put into the Download Results File. You will then be able to identify the suffix you really want and retransmit the bond request with the correct suffix.

Miscellaneous Bond Query

You can set up a dummy customer number to be used for miscellaneous bond queries. To query all bonds for a company, start from the Customer Bonds option on the ABI Database Menu. Use F4 from the customer field to access the customer locator. Find and expand (F4) the dummy customer. Type in the company IRS number with ** as the last two characters. F1 back to the Bond Information screen and F6 to feed. Use UPLOAD ALL OTHERS option to prepare bond request, then transmit in the normal manner.


Single Entry Bonds

The system default Surety Code is located in the System Data file. This code is used for SEBs if no surety code is entered on the Log screen.

If the default is blank, and a bond type 9 is entered on the Log Screen,  a valid surety code is required. (There must be a matching entry in the Surety Code Database.)

Single Entry Bonds require that the bonding company account number be transmitted along with other entry data. The bond amount and account number is entered on the 7501 Master Data screen.

The bond amount can be calculated by using F9 on the 7501 edit screen. An amount equal to the total of the invoice values, duty and fees is calculated and displayed. The amount is rounded up to an even multiple of a hundred dollars. There is a database that is used to find the account number if the Surety Code has been entered on the Log screen. Both the bond amount and account number can be overridden on the 7501 edit screen.


Invoicing for SEB fees

The invoice charge code corresponding to Single Entry Bond Fees is in the System Data file, identified by the keyword CBSBPF. The default minimum rate is identified by keyword CBSBFLAT and the default rate per $1000 is keyword CBSBRATE.

A special rate and minimum can be used for a customer by creating an invoice template entry for the default file type (type 0) and the Single Entry Bond Fee charge code identified in the system data file.

The Surety Code Database has provision for including your costs for bond amounts. The rate/$1000, minimum amount and vendor number can be entered for each surety company that you use. This causes a payable to be created on the invoice screen.

The basis for both charges and payables is determined by the 7501 data. If an amount is entered in the SEB AMT field this value will be used. If not an amount equal to the VALUE plus DUTY and FEES will be used.

If a surety code is entered on CBLGED then whatever bond type is entered as EFBOND is transmitted. If the surety code is left blank the EFBOND displayed is for information. The customer bond is checked as part of the upload (3461 and 7501) and if bond type is A an 8 is transmitted.


SED Printing

  1. Open the Forms Menu.
  2. Select Option 1 to open Single Entry Bond Data screen.
  3. Enter the file number(s) to print, then press the Enter key.
  4. Accept or override the system generated data.
  5. Press F6 to select a printer.
  6. Print the forms.