Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has set April 24 as the date of its next customs broker license examination. CBP states that registration deadlines will be announced once the current federal government shutdown ends.

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.

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