Friday, January 16, 2009

CBP Posts Notice of Exam for April 2009

U.S. Customs and Border Protection posted a notice to its web site announcing the April 2009 Customs Broker License Exam. The exam will be held on Monday, April 6, 2009 and applications (CBP 3124E) to take the exam must be received on or before Friday, March 6, 2009. Applicants should bring the following reference materials to the exam. Please note the appropriate editions for the HTSUS and CFR.

- Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2008 version – Supplement 1)

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.

- Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (revised as of April 1, 2008 Parts Parts 0 to140, 141 to 199 and 200 to End) (no supplements)

- Customs and Trade Automated Interface Requirements (CATAIR)
  • Appendix B - Valid Codes
  • Appendix D - Metric Conversion
  • Appendix E - Valid Entry Numbers
  • Appendix G - Common Errors
  • Appendix H - Census Warning Messages
  • Appendix L - Drawback Errors
  • Glossary of Terms

- Instructions for Preparation of CBP Form 7501 (8-30-2005)

-C-TPAT - Minimum Security Criteria for Customs Brokers (3-20-2007)

-Submission Changes for Supplemental Information Letters and Post Entry Amendments

-Remote Location Filing Eligibility Requirements

- Directives

  • 3510-004, Monetary Guidelines for Setting Bond Amounts
  • Amendment to 3510-004 for Certain Merchandise Subject to Antidumping/Countervailing Duty Cases
  • 3550-055, Instructions for Deriving Manufacturer/Shipper Identification Code
  • 3550-067, Entry Summary Acceptance and Rejection Policy
  • 3550-079A, Ultimate Consignee at time of Entry or Release
  • 3560-001A, Census Interface-Processing Procedures
  • 5610-002A, Standard Guidelines for the Input of Names and Addresses Into Automated Commercial System (ACS) Files
Note: CBP added the C-TPAT Minimum Security Criteria for Customs Brokers (3-20-2007) to the list of reference materials for the April 2008 exam and asked five questions related to that document. Be sure to read the C-TPAT document thoroughly and review the questions from the April Exam!

It’s time to get ready for the next Customs Broker Exam! Click HERE for a complete list of our study plans and products designed to help you study and pass the exam! As always, the only way to guarantee that you receive the correct editions prior to the Notice of Exam posting is the get the Required Testing Material package through Boskage. Don’t forget to visit the Boskage Trade News Blog for additional for import/export news updates, articles about specific trade topics and helpful posts related the Customs Broker Exam!

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