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The next exam is October 17, 2019.  

Registration is open from August 19 at 12:00 AM to September 17 at 11:59 PM.

The reference material is:

  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2018 or 2019 Basic Edition, No Supplements)
  • Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (2018 Revised as of April 1, 2018) Part 1 to END.
  • Instructions for Preparation of CBP Form 7501 (July 24, 2012)
  • Right to Make Entry Directive 3530-002A
  • ACE Entry Summary Business Process (Version 9.75, Section 1 through 12)

Exam Registration Process

  • All Broker Exam applicants will register using the eCBP Portal and create an on-line account via Login.Gov (if one is not created already.) Click here to access eCBP https://e.cbp.dhs.gov/ecbp/#/main
  • Exam applicants will complete registration and submit payment using eCBP
  • CBP is discontinuing the process of providing pencils and scrap paper during the exam and examinees may bring their own pencil and scrap paper
  • After registration closes, applicants will receive an email to make their exam site selection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is looking forward to the publication of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the long awaited update to 19 CFR 111. 

It is suspected this will address many of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee's (COAC) recommendations.  Some are listed below:

  • Replace the “district permit” and “national permit” with “the permit” to better reflect the transition to a single permit framework that operates at the national level within the custom territory of the United States.
  • Require brokers to have a single permit that allows them to have sufficient authority to conduct custom business at the national level within the customs territory of the United States.  This will also eliminate the need for brokers to request permit waivers.
  • Prepare a transition plan to a single permit.
  • Require brokers to provide satisfactory evidence of how the entity intends to exercise Responsible Supervision and Control.
  • Make enhancement to ACE for broker reporting and Streamline Broker reporting
  • Update the factors related to Responsible Supervision and Control related to the transition of managing under the national permit that would replace the district permit.
  • Require that the Power of Attorney come directly from the Importer to the Broker.
  • Remove specific fee dollar amounts and reference a single source of location allowing greater flexibility.
  • Expand Broker payment options to include electronic payment of fees.
  • Provide for reasonable steps to include the review of publicly available, open source information to authenticate the identity of the broker.
  • Require that customs business may be conducted only within the customs territory of the United States.
  • Provide for the storage of electronic customs records within the custom territory of the United States.

USER FEE UPDATE CALENDAR YEAR 2019

Effective October 1, 2018 the Cobra Fee for permits (USER FEE) is $144.74 (was $141.70).
Effective January 1, 2019, the broker application finger printing fee is $11.25 (was $10.00).

FREQUENTLY ASKED BROKER QUESTIONS

BECOMING A CUSTOMS BROKER

CBP welcomes the submittal of new questions for future broker exams.  Please submit your questions to brokermanagement@cbp.dhs.gov with "Future Exam Questions" in the subject line.

INFORMATION FOR CUSTOMS BROKERS

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Last modified: 
August 16, 2019
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