Effective June 1, 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Revenue Division will no longer mail copies of approved bond submissions to bond principals via U.S. mail. Principals can confirm the approval of all continuous bond submissions including new bonds, riders, and terminations via ACE portal account access. The trade community can also validate continuous bond approvals using other electronic methods such as the Automated Broker Interface and Automated Surety Interface.
The Revenue Division will provide copies of recently approved continuous bond submissions at no charge if a valid request is received from a principal associated with the bond as follows:
- Requests must be made by the principal via email to email@example.com.
- The request must be received within 30 calendar days of the bond transaction approval. Requests received after 30 calendar days may use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process.
- The request must identify the specific documentation being requested, such as a copy of a new bond, rider, or termination paperwork. The request must reference the applicable 9-digit CBP bond number and the principal's importer number.
- These email requests must use an email subject line that begins with the words "Bond Copy Request".
The Revenue Division will only provide requested copies as an email 'reply' to received requests which fully satisfy all of the above conditions. In addition to the above, principals continue to have the option of obtaining copies of continuous bond paperwork via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process at any time.