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U.S. Customs Broker Exam scheduled for Monday, April 4, 2011

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs, CBP) has announced the April 2011 Customs Broker License Exam. Customs stated that the exam will be held on Monday, April 4, 2011 at various locations throughout the United States. Applications to take the exam are due on or before Friday, March 4, 2011.

An "Application for Customs Broker License Exam" (CBP 3124E) and an exam application fee of $200 must be received and accepted by Customs at the port in which the applicant intends to conduct business by the application deadline. A copy of the form can be secured at local Customs ports. Customs has also made the CBP 3124E available on-line via a link located on the exam notice page.

The April 4, 2011 Customs Broker Examination will last four hours and will consist of 80 multiple-choice questions, Customs stated. A computed score of 75 percent is required to pass.

According to the notice, "Exam topics typically include: Entry, Classification, Country of Origin, Trade Agreements, Antidumping/Countervailing Duty, Value, Broker Responsibilities, FP&F, Protests, Marking, Prohibited and Restricted Merchandise, Drawback, Intellectual Property Rights, and other subjects pertinent to a broker's duties."

Customs stated that the April 2011 examination was written using the following references:
- Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2010 version)
- Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (revised as of April 1, 2009) (Parts 0 - 140, 141 to 199)
- Customs and Trade Automated Interface Requirements (CATAIR) (certain specified sections)
- 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
- Several Customs directives that are detailed in the announcement.

Customs instructed that applicants should bring these references to the examination, adding that the "use of any versions of the listed references other than those recommended is at the applicant's own risk."

"Applicants must provide their own reference materials. Examinee may use any written reference material; however, electronic reference material (i.e., laptops, PDAs, etc) are precluded," Customs added.

Customs stated that if an applicant achieves a passing score and wishes to apply to become a licensed Customs broker, a separate license application fee of $200 and an "Application for Customs Broker License" (CBP 3124) will be required. Applicants must be 21 years of age and a United States citizen at the time of the filing of the license application.

The exam notice and other Broker Exam information is located on Customs' web site at:

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