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About The Webinar

This course is designed to prepare attendees to take and pass the customs broker examination, but its extensive overview of the customs brokerage/import process makes it also a great option for those looking for training in this field.

Since the most important factor in passing the exam is the amount of time spent on preparation, this course includes 40 hours of class instruction on topics such as broker regulations, entry, classification, valuation, free trade agreements, antidumping/countervailing duty, fines, penalties and forfeitures, bonds, country of origin marking, liquidation, search and seizure, and intellectual property. A manual, required U.S. Customs directives, copies of past examinations, and additional hand-out materials are provided to help students in their studies. There is also a significant amount of homework, including practice exams, so attendees will likely end up with close to 100 hours of class-related work.

Course Schedule 

Classes begin on January 13 and will meet online every Monday and Thursday night from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The final class will be a full-day session on Saturday, March 21, which will be a timed practice examination. 

This webinar based version can be taken from a computer at any location.

Course Instructor

ST&R attorney Paula M. Connelly has been teaching this broker prep course for the past 10 years. She has over 25 years of experience in customs and international trade matters and is part of the working group of trade professionals that assist U.S. Customs with improving the broker exam.

Required Materials

All attendees must purchase the required publications, including the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and Section 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Customs Duties. Both are available through the Government Printing Office (www.gpo.gov) and Boskage Publications/Thomson Reuters (www.boskage.com) . The approximate cost for these materials is $400-$500. Attendees who purchase the materials from Boskage will receive a 10 percent discount.

After registration, please contact course instructor Paula Connelly for information on how to order the materials. The publications should be brought to class.

About the Customs Broker Exam

  • The date for the exam has not yet been finalized by CBP but will likely be at the beginning of April.
  • The exam will be given in an electronic format. The last four exams have been given at testing centers in the Boston area.
  • All candidates must submit the test application documentation directly to Customs and pay the exam fee of $390. 
  • The exam is considered “open book.” Customs will allow attendees to bring the required materials and any other written materials to the exam, but no electronic devices are allowed.
  • Additional information will be provided at the first class. All exam applications are now processed electronically through the Customs website. 

Requirements for Receiving a Customs Broker License

The requirements are as follows.

  • must be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age
  • must attain at least a 75 percent grade on the exam
  • must be of good moral character (a background check is performed on all candidates who have met the other requirements prior to the license actually being issued)
  • cannot be an officer or employee of the U.S. government
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