What is an Ohio Federal Maritime Commission’s Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTI) Bond?

Ohio Federal Maritime Commission BondOcean Transportation Intermediaries (OTI) such as an Ocean Freight Forwarder (OFF) or a Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) are required to post a surety bond before they can perform their duties.

Both licensed OTIs and license applicants need this proof of financial responsibility.

The surety bond is mandated by the Federal Maritime Commission, in line with The Shipping Act of 1984.

An Ocean Freight Forwarder (OFF) is an individual who is responsible for the following: Dispatches shipments from the U.S. to international destinations via an ocean carrier; Manages freight shipments that are imported to the U.S., and Tracks the movement of shipment and prepares the documentation.

A Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) is a common carrier that does not own or operate its own vessels. An NVOCC is also a shipper in its relationship with an ocean common carrier involved in cargo movement.


What is the bond amount?

Individual OTI Bond Amount

– Ocean Freight Forwarder (OFF)

– An individual operating in the U.S. as a Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC)

– Registered NVOCC whose primary place of business is outside the U.S.

Group OTI Bond Amount

For group Ocean Transportation Intermediaries, the surety bond amount will be up to $3,000,000.

Also, each group shall:

  • Provide a list that contains each member of the group,  the corresponding surety bond, and that claims will be permitted for each.
  • Notify the Commission and provide documentation of its desire to participate
  • Provide a copy of the financial responsibility coverage to the Commission.

Individuals under the same common trade name should furnish a surety bond separately. Federal military and civilian household goods require different surety bonds.

An additional  $21,000 should be added to the bond amount for Optional  Rider for  Additional  NVOCC  Financial  Responsibility.  These are the NVOCCs who intend to be included in the U.S.-China trade. The Office of Passenger Vessels and Information Processing (OPVIP) will be the one responsible for reviewing and processing the submitted surety bond.


What are the bond conditions?

  • The principal shall pay for any valid claims resulting from the principal’s transportation-related activity misconduct.
  • The principal shall comply with the provisions of the Shipping Act of 1984, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998, and all other applicable rules.
  • The bond will remain valid until canceled. In the case of cancellation, a 30-day notice is required.
  • The bond should be issued by a surety bond company that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Treasury such as Surety Bond Authority


How can I secure this bond? 

You must first submit a bond application.

Then we’ll ask you a couple of important information needed for the underwriting process such as your:

  • Job performance history
  • Financial history
  • Credit score

Once those have been evaluated, we will issue the bond and send it to you immediately!

Ready to secure this bond? Call or email us today!

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