Customs Broker License Examination - Notice of Examination for October 6, 2014
NOTICE OF EXAMINATION FOR OCTOBER 2014
This notice announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will conduct the Customs Broker License Examination on Monday, October 6, 2014. CBP allows individuals to register for the exam through an online automated CBP broker examination registration system (replacing Form 3124E, “Application for Customs Broker License Exam”), and mandates the registrant pay a $200 required examination fee at that time.
The examination application deadline is Thursday, September 4, 2014, 11:59 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 by credit card, by debit card that can be used as a credit card, or by PayPal.
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 September 4, 2014 deadline.
Applicants requesting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations must submit CBP Form 3124E and supporting documentation by Thursday, September 4, 2014, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time via email toHeather.Sykes@cbp.dhs.gov, via FAX to (202) 863-6060, ATTN: Heather Sykes, or by mail to:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Office of International Trade
Broker Management Branch
1400 L Street NW, Room 1107A
Washington, DC 20229-1154
On the CBP Form 3124E, the applicant must indicate in block 5 that he or she is seeking an accommodation under the American Disabilities Act. The accommodation requested must be specified in block 12. Supporting documentation must be signed and on the physician’s letterhead; electronic signatures will not be accepted. The documentation must outline the applicant’s condition, how the applicant is affected by the condition on a daily basis, and must not be more than 5 years old.
Supporting documentation submitted by email must be date and time stamped, and mail must be postmarked, by the deadline specified above. Requests which are not submitted by that deadline will not be considered. Simply indicating that you seek an accommodation on the online exam registration form is not sufficient to request an accommodation.
As noted in Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations part 111.13(b) (19 CFR 111.13(b)), in order to be eligible to take the broker examination, an individual must (on the date of the examination) be a U.S. citizen, must be 18 years of age, and must not be an officer or employee of the U.S. Government.
The examination will be administered at various locations. Applicants will be notified of exam locations in a separate communication (“Admission Notice”) from the online registration confirmation. This Admission Notice will be sent to all examinees, by e-mail, approximately two weeks before the exam date. The applicant may contact the relevant service port for additional information.
Any applicant who wishes to withdraw from the exam must submit a written notice of withdrawal to the CBP Broker Management Branch via email to:firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 202-863-6060 no later than 4:59 PM local time on Thursday, October 2, 2014. For purposes of this announcement, “local time” means the time zone in which the service port noted on the application is located. Refunds for timely examination withdrawals will generally be processed within 60 days after the scheduled exam is scored. Applicants withdrawing from the exam should include in their withdrawal request the payment tracking number and tracking ID, both of which can be found in the registration confirmation email sent to all applicants upon registering for the exam.
On the day of the examination, after the test administrators have closed the doors to the examination room, applicants will not be permitted into the examination room and will not be allowed to sit for the examination. There will be no exceptions. Please allocate sufficient time for travel to the examination site, as no exceptions will be made for traffic delays, late trains, or similar incidences.
About the Exam
The purpose of the broker license examination is to “determine the individual’s knowledge of Customs and related laws, regulations and procedures, bookkeeping, accounting, and all other appropriate matters, necessary to render valuable service to importers and exporters.” (19 CFR 111.13(a)).
The Customs Broker License Examination consists of 80 multiple-choice questions. A score of 75 percent is required to pass. The examination lasts 4.5 hours. Exam topics typically include: Entry; Classification; Trade Agreements; Valuation; Broker Compliance; Power of Attorney; Marking; Drawback; Bonds; Foreign Trade Zones; Warehouse Entries; Intellectual Property Rights; and other subjects pertinent to a broker's duties.
Applicants should bring the reference materials noted below and any other pertinent reference materials to the examination. The use of any other versions of the listed references other than those recommended is at the applicant’s own risk.
- Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (Either the 2013 or 2014 HTSUS may be used for this examination. All classification, free trade agreement, and other questions will be consistent across both tariff schedules.)
- Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (Either the 2013 or 2014 CFR may be used for this examination, 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
Applicants must provide their own reference materials.
Examinees may use any written reference material; however, use of any electronic device during the exam (e.g., laptop, iPad / Nook / Kindle, smart phone, personal digital assistant, etc.) is strictly prohibited.
Cell phones, laptops, pagers, and other communication devices may not be used inside the examination room.
Any applicant caught cheating will be removed from the exam.
We have been working on statistics related to the HTS Classification questions for the past several exams. I have created a sheet with some good statistics showing where the HTS classification questions come from.
The updates to our materials in response to the April exam are attached. Please download and print two sided, three hole punch, and replace the pages in your book. If you have received a book from us after May 10th. You do not need these updates.
Correction on Page 29 of the book. We sent notice with our Email HW, but in case you missed that. we have a correction to page 29 of the book. The answer to the exam question on page 29 is "D" not "C". If you want a clean page print out this correction, print double sided and replace the page.
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).
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)