Customs Bonded Warehousing

Bonded Warehousing

Advantages of Using our Customs Bonded Warehouse / Yard

  • Payment of Duties is deferred until import cargo is entered for consumption or re – export.
  • Acts as a safe haven for Items subject to quota or other import restrictions while alternative logistics are worked out.
  • Handling and warehousing of In Bond Cargo is made easy, and streamlined, while providing a cost effective solution to importing cargo.
  • FCL and LCL import cargo that is unable to clear Customs at the Port of Entry can be transported, manipulated, and stored cost effectively under our bond.

World Trade Distribution’s bonded warehouse and yard are used for the storage of imports that are undergoing Customs examination, are under seizure, in long or short term bonded storage under “Warehouse Entry”, or is pending final release from US Customs custody for consumption is the USA. Our Bonded yard is available for the storage of heavy / bulky imports while maintaining “duty free” status.

Our Customs Bonded Warehouse has over 100,000 sq feet of high quality, covered, secure bonded warehousing space with 24 hour security patrols, CCTV, and alarm systems that allow our customers to store imports up to five years with confidence. Our Container Freight Station, accompanied by the most experienced, complete line of quality and innovative, shipping and import services on the Houston Gulf Coast, allows our customers cost effective solutions that seamlessly integrate budgetary concerns and import logistics planning.

Our Container Freight Station enables us to unload full container loads or LTL cargos into our bonded warehouse or you have the option to park your import trailer or container on our bonded yard. When the shipment is cleared you may recover it or we can arrange delivery or short haul drayage for you.

Importers appreciate the flexibility of our Houston – based, bonded warehouse programs and with our extensive bonded warehousing experience we are happy to offer advice and help on any import issues you may have.

World Trade Distribution operates under the following U.S. Customs Bonds:
Class 3: Public bonded warehouse used exclusively for the storage of imported merchandise.
Class 4: Bonded yard or sheds for the storage of heavy and bulky imported Merchandise.
Class 8: Bonded warehouse established for the cleaning, sorting, repacking or otherwise changing the condition of, but not the manufacturing of imported merchandise, under Customs supervision.
Class 11: Bonded warehouse established for the storage of General Order (G.O.) merchandise.


Even though US Customs and Border Protection lack a specific category for import warehouses, we have taken the initiative in following a “higher standards and principles” approach to C-TPAT and have implemented these standards and principles into our bonded warehousing and other Import programs and services.

If you are interested in a Customs exam or other import related services please contact or call 713-672-7295.