Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Potential Answers for the October 2007 Customs Broker's Exam

As many people sit on pins and needles waiting to see the answers posted for the most recent Customs Broker’s Exam, our very own Wizard has taken the exam and provided a list of possible answers and related regulations where the answers were found. We never know when CBP will post the answers and the wait feels like forever. The answers for the April 2007 Exam were not posted until the middle of June leaving many people little time protest questions and receive answers prior to the October exam.

We invite you to post your answers, explanations, arguments and other comments. Obviously, Boskage Commerce Publications cannot guarantee the accuracy of these answers since CBP has the one and only answer key, but the Wizard has an excellent record of achieving a score of better than 90%.

Click HERE to view a copy of the Wizard’s answers for the October 2007 Exam!

Note: The Wizard had the most difficulty answering the questions highlighted in purple.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi:
Question 46 is not included.
I think that one is not on the CFR nor HTS. Maybe CBP will give credit to all.

Boskage Staff said...

We'll update later in the day with question 46 included.

Thanks for the feedback!

Anonymous said...

Hi:
Can you explain the answer to question 45 ?
In 181.31 says one year.
Thank you !

Wizard said...

To answer this question, we must understand CFR Part 174 and 181.31, 19 USC 1520(c) and (d) and 19 USC 1514.

Answers B and C are automatically eliminated because 520(c) was repealed. 19 USC 1520(d) states that "notwithstanding the fact that a valid protest was not filed, the Customs Service may, in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary, reliquidate an entry to refund any excess duties (including any merchandise processing fees) paid on a good qualifying under the rules of origin set out in section 3332 of this title or section 202 of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act for which no claim for preferential tariff treatment was made at the time of importation if the importer, within 1 year after the date of importation, files, in accordance with those regulations, a claim that includes...."

This explanation appears to eliminate Answer A because the 1520(d) provision states 1 year after importation, not liquidation. It eliminates Answer D because the 1520(d) provision states 1 year from importation, not entry. Thus, E appears to be the best answer because 174.11, 181.31 and 520(d) allow for timely filed protests. The answer hinges on the wording.

Anonymous said...

Hello:
On question 31, are we talking about quota ?

Wizard said...

Yes, on Question 31 we are talking about a tariff rate quota where the classification and duty rate are dependent on when the cucumbers are "entered."

Anonymous said...

Hello:
Thank You for this service !
It will help us to protest correctly.

Any news about when CBP is going to post the results ?
Regards !

Boskage Staff said...

CBP doesn't post the results, but the answer sheet will go up after the results have been mailed to all test-takers.

If you took the Exam this October, you'll have the answers, along with your score, before they are made available to the general public.

Anonymous said...

Hi:
Results has been posted in Customs site.
Good Luck to all !

KJ said...

There are reports that the national pass rate was less than 10% with a total of about 125 out of 1380 examinees passing. Without the four give-away questions, the pass rate would have been less than 4%, according to the report. Very difficult test, so those that re-test in April will have plenty of company.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone received a reponse to their Oct 07 protest? Does anyone know for sure of any questions that customs gave credit for?

Anonymous said...

I heard that only #21 received credit.

Anonymous said...

Wizard, I heard that CBP did not grant credit to # 47. Any idea what their rationale would be?