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:
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)