U.S. Customs and Border Protection sources state that CBP’s next customs broker license examination has been moved from Oct. 23 to Oct. 17. CBP states that registration for the exam will open in mid-August.

(CBP’s website currently states that the exam is scheduled for Oct. 23 but sources have confirmed the new date to ST&R. For more information please contact CBP’s Broker Management Branch at

Individuals, corporations, associations, and partnerships must hold a valid customs broker’s license and permit to transact customs business on behalf of others. License applicants must take an exam and achieve a score of at least 75 percent to pass. Exam topics typically include entry, classification, trade agreements, valuation, broker compliance, power of attorney, marking, drawback, bonds, foreign-trade zones/bonded warehouses, warehouse entries, intellectual property rights, fines, penalties and forfeitures, and other subjects pertinent to a broker’s duties. To become a broker an applicant must be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years old and not be a current federal government employee.

CBP has posted here a sample exam that may be accessed an unlimited number of times to acquaint prospective examinees with the navigation and layout of the modernized exam, although answers will not be evaluated. CBP has also made available here copies of previous exams and answer keys.

ST&R conducts a prep course ahead of each broker license exam. For more information please contact Paula Connelly at (781) 897-1771.

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