A bonded carrier is a licensed transporter that can move freight through U.S. ports of entry without paying duty on those goods or obtaining a customs release during border crossing.
A carrier who has filed a bond on customs Form 301 containing the bond conditions set forth in 113.63 of this chapter may transport merchandise within a port for which the bond provides coverage.
The carrier’s bond represents an obligation of the carrier to provide proper delivery of the merchandise. Failure to handle and safeguard in-bond documents, including the CBPF 7512, contributes to improper delivery of merchandise and ultimately results in claims being assessed against the carrier. If in-bond documents are lost or destroyed, it is the carrier’s responsibility to obtain additional copies from the port of origin.