Notice of CBP Examinations
April 3, 2013 Customs Broker License Examination
Summary: This notice provides additional information regarding the Customs Broker License Examination that is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2013. The examination will be given at various locations. Applicants will be notified of exam locations approximately 2 week prior to the scheduled exam, and may contact the relevant service port for additional information after March 15, 2013. The purpose of the examination, as authorized by 19 CFR 111.13(a), 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."
Applicants for the Customs Broker License Examination must be (on the date of the examination) a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age, and is not an officer or employee of the U.S. Government.
CBP has automated the CBP Form 3124E, “Application for Customs Broker License Exam” and the payment and collection of the $200 examination fee. Applicants may apply and pay online at the following web address until 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), February 28, 2013.
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Applicants who need assistance in completing the form, or have questions concerning payment may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or may contact the CBP Pay.gov Help Desk at (317) 614-4964, 7:00 a.m.–4 p.m. (EST). Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the examination application process well before the February 28, 2013 deadline. Applications cannot be accepted after 5:00 p.m. EST on this date. Applications and fees submitted directly to a port or CBP Headquarters will be returned.
Applicants requesting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations must submit supporting documentation by close of business (5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time), Thursday, February 28, 2013 via email to Sharon.Daye@dhs.gov, via FAX to (202)863-6540 ATTN:Sharon Daye.
Any applicant who files an application and subsequently wishes to withdraw from the examination, must submit a written notice of withdrawal to the CBP service port noted on the application, by close of business (11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time), Friday, March 29, 2012. Refunds will be processed within 60 days after the scheduled 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.
- The Customs Broker License Examination consists of 80 multiple-choice questions. A score of 75 percent is required to pass. The examination lasts 4 hours. Exam topics may include: Entry, Classification, Country of Origin, Trade Agreements, Value, Antidumping/Countervailing Duty, Broker Responsibilities, FP&F, Protests, Marking, Prohibited and Restricted Merchandise, Drawback, 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 (2012 version, NO Supplements)
- Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (revised as of April 1, 2012 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 (7-24-2012)
- 3550-055, Instructions for Deriving Manufacturer/Shipper Identification Code
- 3550-079A, Ultimate Consignee at time of Entry or Release
- 3530-002A, Right to Make Entry
- 3510-04, Monetary Guidelines for Setting Bond Amounts
Applicants must provide their own reference materials.
Examinee may use any written reference material; however, use of any electronic device during the exam (i.e., laptops, ipads, personal digital assistants (PDA’s), etc) is prohibited.
Cell phones, pagers, and other communication devices may not be used inside the examination room.
Any applicant caught cheating will be removed from the exam and exam results will be disregarded.
Required Materials for the Exam
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- Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)
- Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations
- CATAIR, CBP Form 7501, & Directives (Exam Room Guide)
- Save with the Required Testing Material Package (HTSUS, Title 19, Exam Room Guide)
- Boskage Study Aids and Courses for the CBP Exam
- Free Information about taking the Customs Broker Exam