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Freight Broker Bond

What is a freight broker bond?

A freight broker bond is required for your freight business.  It protects motor carriers and shippers according to the FMCSA rules and regulations.  The typical claim is made when a motor carrier is not made.

To get a Freight Broker Bond, just click on the Apply Online image below.  Choose your state and then the type of bond you need.


License Permit Bond Application

$75,000 Freight Broker Bond (BMC-84)

In the U.S., freight forwarders and freight brokers are required to obtain a Freight Broker Bond, also known as a Freight Broker Surety Bond (BMC-84). This requirement is due to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which increased the required bond amount to $75,000 in 2013 (from $10,000 previously). The FMCSA stated that the massive increase in pricing was necessary due to numerous examples where carriers and shippers were delayed (some even denied) in receiving payment. However, the law passed and most brokers and forwarders are still able to commence with business. This is sometimes called a property broker bond.

Freight Broker Bond Process

The process to receive a Freight Broker Bond (BMC-84) is fairly straightforward. You apply using our application and we’ll work to get you a bond at the best possible price. Pretty easy, right?

How Freight Broker Surety Bonds Work (our really short Freight Broker Bond Guide)

A freight broker surety bond is a type of surety bond, which is a three party agreement. The three parties to this agreement are:

  • The Principal – the freight forwarder / freight broker
  • The Surety – the company that is guaranteeing the behavior/payment on behalf of the freight broker
  • The Obligee – this is the party that is demanding the bond. In this case, the Obligee is the FMCSA

How much does a Freight Broker Bond cost?

The cost of the bond depends on several factors. First, the surety will want to understand your business, as more experienced businesses typically have better processes in place to reduce risk, which lowers the bond cost. Second, the surety will inquire about the financial health of your business. Finally, the surety will want to know the personal credit history and financial strength of the owner. Given that the standard Freight Broker Bond (BMC-84) is provided without collateral, the surety is looking for financial strength and experience from the company and ownership. Essentially, the surety wanting to be sure that they can properly guarantee your trucking business to issue a trucking surety bond (or transportation broker surety bond).

How Much Will a $75K Bond Cost Me?

The cost of the bond is based on a combination of good credit and experience and ranges from 2% to 13%.

Good Credit and ExperienceLack of Experience à Bad Credit
$1,500$2,250$3,000$3,750$4,500$5,250$6,000$6,750$7,500$8,250
2%3%4%5%6%7%8%9%10%11%

How do I apply for a Freight Broker Bond?

Apply for a Freight Broker Bond (BMC-84) using our form, above. We will review and process this promptly.

Reduce Your Freight Broker Bond Cost

You can start now to reduce your bond cost.  It does take time, but what you can do to lower the cost is:

  • Increase your personal credit score (pay bills timely, remove negative scores)
  • Provide strong business statements and financials
  • Build up your cash position
  • Work with us

See our License and Permit Bond page for more.
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