Customs Broker in US – Explain

Explain about Customs Broker License Examination in US


 What is customs broker in U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The details of Customs broker and customs broker license examination in US is as follows:

 Customs broker are private individuals, partnerships, associations or corporations licensed, regulated and empowered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assist importers and exporters in meeting Federal requirements governing imports and exports. A customs broker is a specific term used to identify the intermediary between the importer and the government’s customs department in the country of import.

Brokers submit necessary information and appropriate payments to CBP on behalf of their clients and charge them a fee for this service.

Brokers must have expertise in the entry procedures, admissibility requirements, classification, valuation, and the rates of duty and applicable taxes and fees for imported merchandise. There are approximately 14,454 active licensed Customs brokers in the United States.

To become a customs broker you must be a U.S. citizen, be at least twenty one years of age, be of good moral character and not be a federal government employee at the time of the customs broker exam.


Customs Broker License Exam

The Customs Broker License Examination is an open book or open test with 80 multiple-choice questions based . The exam deals less with the mechanics of a customs entry and more with the complexities of customs regulations. The test covers 4 areas of rules and regulations. The areas are given below.

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)

Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations

Specified Customs Directives

Customs and Trade Automated Interface Requirements document (CATAIR)

The exam is given at most CBP service ports on the first Monday in April and the first Monday in October. Make sure you apply at a port where you want to practice or transact customs business as a broker. The examination lasts four hours and consists of 80 questions. Each question has a single best answer (in some cases there can be two different acceptable answers); however, there is no negative mark for guessing so you can answer every question.To pass the exam, you must achieve 75 percent correct answers or better. Should you fail to pass the exam, you can retake it until you pass.



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