eBond Updates

In 2010, the ACE Business Office started the process of eBond implementation, and in 2013 CBP secured funding to support an eBond environment in ACE to be implemented by January 3, 2015. On January 3, 2015, eBond was successfully deployed in ACE, and Avalon has successfully transmitted hundreds of eBond transactions to CBP. eBond will provide an electronic mechanism for the submission of all Customs Bond types on the CBP 301 bond form. eBond requires a Surety or Surety Agent like Avalon Risk Management to transmit the bond in ACE via EDI. An eBond is used for various downstream processes for which a bond is required, such as to secure an entry, ISF transaction, or other importation or trade-related activities covered by the CBP 301 bond form.

In ACE, CBP requires that Avalon as the surety agent approve and transmit the eBond to CBP based on data elements provided by the importer and/or customs broker who requests or files the bond. Avalon is currently working with ABI vendors certified for ACE to provide an integrated eBond solution to transmit data elements electronically to approve and transmit an eBond to CBP via EDI exchange. Avalon will also continue to maintain our proprietary Web Merlin™ software that will be able to transmit an eBond to CBP just as it does now to automatically send an email attachment. Instead, we will transmit the bond data elements to CBP to accommodate eBond once mandated in ACE.

Effective January 3, 2015, Avalon successfully participated in the eBond Test Pilot and submitting all new Continuous and ISF-D Single Transaction Bonds to CBP as eBonds to be electronically stored in ACE. Activity Code 1 Single Entry Bonds required for imports can only be submitted as eBonds if the entry is filed as an ACE Cargo Release transaction and/or ACE Entry Summary certified for ACE Cargo Release. The chart below outlines when an eSTB is required to secure a single entry transaction:

CSEC eBond Flow Chart
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eSTB Chart US Customs and Border Protection
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Avalon works closely with CBP officials to provide updated eBond information to the brokerage industry. We are active members of the TSN eBond Subcommittee, COAC Bond Working Group, and International Trade Surety Association (ITSA) that has monthly meetings with CBP on eBond and other surety-related issues. To support our valued customers, we have provided the following presentations and resources on eBond available for download. Avalon will also continue to conduct eBond outreach throughout the year through various seminars and webinars. Please review our eBond outreach schedule for more information or contact our Bond Underwriting Department at Bond-Underwriting@avalonrisk.com or (847) 700-8473 if you have any questions.

Effective January 3, 2015, all Continuous and Single Transaction Bond activity covered by the CBP 301 Customs Bond Form has been centralized with the Revenue Division’s Bond Team in Indianapolis to conform with eBond deployment in ACE. eBond benefits for the Trade and CBP include:

  • Provides a mechanism for the centralization of all customs bonds
  • Reduce paper processes
  • Expedites release of cargo
  • Expanded availability of bond issuance to beyond standard business hours
  • Increased ability to track and collect on Single Transaction Bonds

CBP has provided the following timeline to prepare for eBond in ACE:

  • 2/5/2014 – Increment 5 Start Date, CBP Begins e-STB Development
  • 5/7/2014 – Increment 6 Start Date, Begin e-Bond Development for Continuous Bonds
  • 1/3/2015 – Deployment D including Increments 5, 6, and 7 for eBond will be released in ACE.

Please note that eBond will be effective 1/3/15 for all entries processed in ACE. For entries that are still filed in ACS after 1/3/15, CBP will still require a paper entry and bond. CBP has indicated that all entries must be filed in ACE by November 2015, at which time no more paper bonds will be accepted and CBP will only accept an eBond.

  Download presentations from past seminars
11-13-2014 Live Demo of eBond - Presentation of Web Merlin™ & Integration  Request Presentation
06-19-2014 CBIFFAWS eBond and Surety Updates  PDF
06-12-2014 New ISF Enforcement from CBP & Trade Updates  PDF
06-11-2014 Joint Presentation to FTA, LACBFFA and WIT-LA  PDF
06-10-2014 June Triple Header – “The Net is Tightening”  PDF
05-15-2014 LIIEA eBond and ISF Seminar  PDF
05-15-2014 NYNJ eBond and ISF Seminar  PDF
04-20-2014 CBP eBond Workshop  PDF
04-07-2014 "eBond is Coming: How Will it Work" NCBFAA 2014 Panel Presentation  PDF
03-20-2014 CBP STB eBond Presentation  PDF
02-25-2014 NCBFAA Software Vendor Conference-CBP eBond Presentation  PDF
11-15-2013 CBP STB-Bond Central RPT to COAC  PDF
06-26-2013 CBP Boston-STB Centralization  PDF
06-12-2013 CBP Cincinnati-STB Centralization  PDF
Resources from Customs and Border Protection
01-07-2015 UPDATE! Federal Register General Notice  Link
12-19-2014 NEW! CBP Policies and Procedures  Link
11-28-2014 Federal Register General Notice  Link
11-19-2014 ABI eSTB Implementation Guide  PDF
10-10-2014 CBP eSTB/eBond FAQ  Link
10-10-2014 UPDATE! CSEC eBond FAQs for NCBFAA  PDF
10-10-2014 UPDATE! CSEC eSTB Process Flow Chart - FAW Appendix v1  PDF
10-10-2014 UPDATE! CSEC Data Elements  PDF
04-28-2014 CSEC eSTB Process Flow and Data Elements  PDF
- ACE ABI CATAIR Chapters for the Future Deployment of ACE eBond  Link
- Customs eBond Create/Update ACE CATAIR Chapter  Link
- ACE CATAIR Error Dictionary (Updated to reflect future deployment of ACE eBond)  Link
- Appendix G Condition Codes and Text (Updated to include eBond error codes and conditions)  Link
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