Friday, February 1, 2008

CBP Posts Notice of Exam for April 2008

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has posted a notice to its web site announcing the April 2008 Customs Broker License Exam. The exam will be held on Monday, April 7, 2008 and applications (CBP 3124E) to take the exam must be received on or before Friday, March 7, 2008. A complete list of references necessary for the exam is found in the official notice; however, we have included some important information concerning the following references.

Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2007 version - no supplements)
Questions for the 2008 Exam were written using the 2007 HTSUS. It is important to use this edition since questions often require the determination of the correct HTS number, duty rate and applicability of Free Trade Agreements, all of which may change slightly from year to year.

The link provided to the HTSUS in the CBP Notice is tied to the 2006 HTSUS. Be sure to use the 2007 HTSUS!

Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (revised as of April 1, 2007) (Parts 1 - 199)
Questions on the exam were written using the 2007 CBP Regulations. There shouldn’t be too much confusion here since the 2008 version will not be available prior to the exam. However, anybody with the 2006 Regulations can use that book if it contains the updates through April 2007 (5th update).

NEW: C-TPAT – Minimum Security Criteria for Customs Brokers (3-20-2007)
This is the first time since C-TPAT was implemented that CBP has included them on the exam. Since CBP has included them, it is very likely the exam will contain at least one question related to these criteria. Be sure to read through them and be familiar with the eight major categories and their corresponding requirements. Stay tune, we’ll post some helpful information about this publication in a future blog.

DELETED: Remote Location Filing: Eligibility Requirements
CBP deleted this document, so you can remove it from any materials you have collected.

BEWARE: Submission Changes for Supplemental Information Letters and Post Entry Amendments
Surprisingly this document was not deleted from the list, even after CBP awarded credit for all answers on the question related to SILs and the PEA from the October 2007 Exam. Even though most of the trade community is aware that the SIL is no longer a valid method of correcting entries, be aware that a question related to it may be included on the exam.

If you ordered the 2008 April Exam Reference Package from Boskage, all of the correct references were included.

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