Wednesday, July 14, 2010

CBP Posts Notice of Exam for October 2010

U.S. Customs and Border Protection posted a notice to its web site announcing the October 2010 Customs Broker License Exam. The exam will be held at various locations on Monday, October 4, 2010. Contact your local port office to verify testing locations. Applications (CBP 3124E) and the exam fee of $200 must be received on or before Friday, September 3, 2010. 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 (2010 version)
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, 2009) Parts 0 to140 and 141 to 199
Last year, CBP included Parts 200 to End on the Exam; however, it appears that these will not be required for the October 2010 Exam.

Part 149 covering ISF was added to Title 19 in 2009, so it is a target for this exam.

- 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

-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
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