A Florida Citrus Fruit Dealer, Assessment Fee, Or Inspection Fee Bondis a requirement for licensure and guarantees that dealers will comply with the laws enacted by the state in the purchasing, sale, handling, and accounting of citrus fruit.
The definition of a citrus fruit dealer is someone that purchases fruit directly from processors, packinghouses, growers, gift fruit order takers and shippers.
The amount of such bond is determined by the Department of Citrus, which considers the following factors: volume of fruit handled the previous season, anticipated volume of the dealer's crop for the season in which the application is made and other factors. Please note that all bond amounts must be verified by the Florida Citrus License and Bond Office.
The Florida citrus fruit growing season is August 1- July 31, thus July 31st is the expiration date of the bond, as well.
The surety bond amount is calculated by the following schedule:
Dealer applicants can apply for a license through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Department of Citrus and pay the license fee.
Assessment fee bonds are required for any processor, grower, packinghouse for assessments paid. The Assessment Surety Calculation form will need to be completed to determine the bond amount.
Inspection fee bonds are required for any processor and packinghouse that will have fruit or fruit products that will require inspection by either the USDA or the Florida Division of Fruit & Vegetables.. The bond form will be mailed out by June 1st of each year and will have the requied bond amount included on it. The bond form will need to be sent to a surety for completion.
Premium for a Florida Citrus Fruit Dealer License Bond, Assessment Fee Bond or a Inspection Fee Bond depends on various factors including the bond amount, your credit history and experience in the business.
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