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Customs Broker Exam Date Changed; Annual Broker User Fee Due Feb. 27

Monday, December 22, 2014
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has shifted from April 7 to April 13 the date of its next customs broker license examination. This exam consists of 80 multiple-choice questions and a score of 75 percent is required to pass. Exam topics typically include entry, classification, country of origin, trade agreements, antidumping and countervailing duties, value, broker responsibilities, fines, penalties and forfeitures, protests, marking, prohibited and restricted merchandise, drawback, intellectual property rights and other subjects pertinent to a broker’s duties. To take the exam applicants must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age and not employed by the federal government as of the date of the exam.

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg’s broker exam classification review provides a detailed look at the classification questions asked during past exams and takes prospective brokers through the process of answering them. Concepts covered include the use of the general rules of interpretation, the use of section and chapter notes, and the classification of parts and accessories.

CBP has also set Feb. 27, 2015, as the due date for payment of the $138 annual customs broker user fee. This fee is assessed for each permit held by a broker, whether an individual, partnership, association or corporation. It is payable for each calendar year in each broker district where the broker was issued a permit to do business. CBP anticipates that for subsequent years this fee will be due on the last business day of February.

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