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Lapse in Federal Funding Impact on CBP Website Operations Notice

NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

CBP to Administer First Electronic Customs Broker Exams on October 25

Release Date: 
September 12, 2017

WASHINGTON— U.S. Customs and Border Protection will administer the first electronic Customs Broker License Examination on October 25. Interested applicants have until September 22 to register for the upcoming exam. The transition from a written to electronic exam is part of CBP’s efforts to modernize trade operations.

“CBP is pleased to offer an all-electronic version of the Customs Broker Exam to the more than 2,500 people who take the exam each year,” said Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade. “The modernized exam will provide for faster exam results to examinees and quicker results on appeals while being more cost efficient for CBP.”

CBP administers the Customs Broker Exam twice a year. In June, CBP announced that the exam dates would move to the fourth Wednesday in April and October and the fee would increase to $390. Only U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age who are not employees of the U.S. federal government are eligible to take the Customs Broker Exam. The exam is given at 48 locations across the country. Upon registering, the applicant selects their business port and will then be assigned the exam location closest to their selected port.

According to Section 641 of the Tariff Act of 1930, a person must hold a valid customs brokers license and permit in order to transact customs business on behalf of others. Customs brokers are private individuals, partnerships, associations or corporations licensed, regulated and empowered by CBP to assist importers and exporters in meeting requirements governing imports and exports. Customs brokers must pass the exam in order to become licensed. There are currently more than 14,000 active customs brokers in the United States.

The October 25 exam application deadline is Friday, September 22, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). To register, take the practice test or to find out more about becoming a Customs Broker, please visit

Last modified: 
September 12, 2017