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Do Florida Citrus Fruit Dealers Need a Surety Bond for Assessment Fees or Inspection Fees?

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A citrus fruit dealer is someone that purchases fruit directly from processors, packinghouses, growers, gift fruit order takers and shippers.

A Florida Citrus Fruit Dealer, Assessment Fee, Or Inspection Fee Surety Bond is 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 amount of the surety 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 31 is the expiration date of the surety bond as well.

The surety bond amount is calculated by the following schedule:

  • $1,000 surety bond = up to 2,000 boxes
  • $2,000 surety bond = up to 5,000 boxes
  • $3,750 surety bond = up to 7500 boxes
  • $5,000 surety bond = up to 10,000 boxes
  • $10,000 surety bond = up to 20,000 boxes
  • $1,000 surety bond for each additional 20,000 boxes or fraction thereof in excess of 20,000 boxes, with a maximum of $100,000 surety bond
  • 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 surety bonds are required for any processor, grower, packinghouse for assessments paid. The Assessment Surety Calculation form will need to be completed to determine the surety bond amount.

    Inspection fee surety 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 1 of each year and will have the required bond amount included on it. The bond form will need to be sent to a surety for completion.

    How Much Will This Bond Cost?

    The premium that you pay for a Florida Citrus Fruit Dealer, Assessment Fee Surety Bond or a Inspection Fee Surety Bond is dependent on credit and the bond amount required. Surety bond amounts over $50,000 require personal and or business financial statements.

    Related Links:

    Florida Department of Citrus
    Florida Citrus Manual
    Read our blog, Florida Citrus Fruit Dealer Bonds

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