The examination application deadline is Friday, March 7, 2014, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. All
applications must be submitted online at the web address noted below. Payment of the required
$200 license examination fee must be made online via the examination application, and must be
made only by credit card, or by debit card that can be used as a credit card.
The registration web address is:
Applications and fees that are submitted directly to the service port or CBP Headquarters will not
be accepted and will be returned to the applicant. Applicants who need assistance completing
the online form, or have questions concerning payment, may send an email to
email@example.com or may contact the CBP Pay.gov Help Desk at (317) 614-4964.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the examination application process well before
the March 7, 2014 deadline.
CBP has posted the notice for the April 2014 Exam. The exam will be held on Monday, April 7th. CBP states you can sign up in February. It looks like our materials are in good shape. We do not need to add any additional CATAIR Sections or Directives to the book. CBP will use the following references for the exam:
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2013 version, NO Supplements)
- Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (revised as of April 1, 2013 Parts 0 to End)
- Customs and Trade Automated Interface Requirements (CATAIR)
- Appendix B – Valid Codes
- Appendix D – Metric Conversion
- Appendix E – Valid Entry Numbers
- Appendix G – Common Errors
- Glossary of Terms
- Instructions for Preparation of CBP Form 7501 (July 24, 2012)
- Right to Make Entry Directive 3530-002A
CBP listed the entire 19 CFR as test materials. Most of us only purchase the actual CBP regualtions which are in parts 1-199. The only area that CBP has tested beyond parts 199 is section 351. I have posted section 351 as a PDF. Please print this out for your materials. Do you need to purchase the entire second half of the CBP Regulations (19 CFR 200 to end)??? That is your decision, but I would not. CBP has been fairly consistent with exam areas over the years and I see no need to panic for the next exam. I guess it is possible that CBP could ask questions from other areas of the regulations (200 to 366). However, to date CBP has never asked questions from other areas… yet. Section 351 is the section which covers Antidumping and countervailing rules. (AD/CV).
I will be posting updates to our book within one week. We are still waiting for the official exam answer key to the October exam.
Current Student Questions
(This section of page subject to change without notice.)
Q: Who prepares a NAFTA certificate of origin?
A: A producer, manufacturer, or exporter can sign it, the exporter can sign it based on reasonable reliance on producer’s written information or personal knowledge. A previous question from Customs indicates that an agent of the exporter can sign it as well, but it would have to be based on personal or written knowledge from the manufacturer. (see 181.11)
Q: What is the J-List?
A: This is a marking issue. The J-List is a list of items in CFR 134.33 which do not require marking. The items listed there are exempt from marking requirements. The item itself does not require marking, however, any container of a J-list item must be properly marked. It is called the “J” list because the Tariff Act section is 1304(a)(3)(J).
Q: How much time does a company have to get a new Customs broker when the licensed Customs Broker leaves the company?
A: First, if the only license holder leaves, the company has 120 days to get a new broker. If they do not get a new broker, the companies license is suspended by operation of law. However, note the subtle difference, if you lose a broker in a branch office at another district, you have 180 days to get a new broker or that office loses its permit. So, lose only license of corp. or partnership - 120 days to correct. Lose broker at a different district branch office - 180 days to replace.
Q: What is the difference between an IT (immediate transportation) and a TIB (Temporary import under bond)?
A: It is important to understand the difference between these two issues. An IT (immediate transportation CFR 18) is used to transport goods to a different port than the port of arrival. For example, if a shipment of textiles arrives at the port of Houston, but the importer is based in Kansas City, the importer could get the textiles to Kansas City under an IT. The goods could be entered for consumption in Kansas city even though they were originally unlade in Houston.
A TIB (Temporary import under Bond HTS 9813 and CFR 10.31) is used to bring some product into the US Customs Territory for a short period of time. This is used when the importer does not want to "enter the product for consumption" but only wants to have the product here for a short period of time. As an example, when BMW wants to have a vehicle shown at the Detroit Auto show, BMW may import the car under this provision.
Customs tests both of these areas heavily. You should know that neither one is liquidated, both are cancelled.
Q: What is the time limit for filing a drawback claim?
A: Drawback must be filed within 3 years of the export or destruction of the product. 191.51(e)