The Florida Bond of Citrus Fruit Dealer to Guarantee Payment of Citrus Inspection Fees 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 Inspection Fees or other evidence of indebtedness with respect to such Citrus Inspection Fees to said Commissioner of Agriculture.
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 amount of your Florida Inspection Fee Bond is going to be based on the aggregate sum of your company’s inspection fees:
|Inspection Fees||Bond Amount|
|$1 – $250,000||$1,000|
|$250,000 – $500,000||$2,000|
|$500,000 – $1,000,000||$4,000|
|$1,000,000 – $2,000,000||$6,000|
|$2,000,000 to $5,000,000||$8,000|
This bond also has a set effective and renewal date of August 1st.
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.