The Florida Bond of Citrus Fruit Dealer to Guarantee Payment of Citrus Excise Assessments is required by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Fruit and Vegetables. The bond is required to help account for all such Citrus Excise Taxes in the state of Florida.
A citrus fruit dealer license is required for anyone who attempts to make profit off of Florida citrus (other than by selling FL citrus directly to the consumer and not for resale). Dealers of non-citrus fruits have a separate license, a Florida Agricultural Products Dealer License.
In addition to the Florida Citrus Fruit Dealer’s License Application, the applicant must submit the following to the Florida Department of Citrus:
The bond amount for this particular bond will depend on your excise taxes. Follow these steps to calculate your bond amount:
This bond also has a set effective and renewal date of August 1st.
You can read more about assessment calculations on the FL Department of Citrus’ website.
To obtain one or more of the bonds required for citrus fruit dealers, simply fill out our free online application (please submit a separate application for each bond type). Within one business day of your submission, one of our licensed agents will contact you with a firm quote for the price to obtain your bond(s). Once any necessary paperwork is signed and your premium payment is processed, your agent will ship your bond(s) via USPS Priority Mail (overnight shipping options are also available).
As this bond has a set expiration date of July 31st, you will need to renew your bond if you want to maintain your license. Approximately two months prior to this expiration, our renewal agents will send you an invoice to renew your bond. Once the renewal payment is processed we will send you either a Continuation Certificate or a Renewal Bond (same bond but with new dates) to submit to the state.
Surety Solutions Insurance Services, Inc. (Surety1) has been writing bonds in Florida since 2003. Our surety experts put time and attention into every bond we ship out, so you can be assured all of your bonding needs will be met quickly and reliably. This level of service has earned us an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau. Licensed in all 50 states.