- In order to obtain a broker’s license, an individual must:
- Be a citizen of the United States on the date of submission of the license application and not an officer or employee of the United States Government.
- Attain the age of 21 prior to the date of submission of the license application;
- Be of good moral character; and
- Hold a passing score on the broker’s exam of 75% or higher.
According to the CBP, the purpose of the broker license examination is to “determine the individual’s knowledge of Customs and related laws, regulations and procedures, bookkeeping, accounting, and all other appropriate matters, necessary to render valuable service to importers and exporters.” (19 CFR 111.13(a)).
Exam topics typically include: Entry; Classification; Trade Agreements; Valuation; Broker Compliance; Power of Attorney; Marking; Drawback; Bonds; Foreign Trade Zones/Bonded Warehouse; Warehouse Entries; Intellectual Property Rights; Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures: and other subjects pertinent to a broker’s duties.
The reference materials that can be used for taking the exam are as follows:
- Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States HTSUS.
- Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (2016, Parts 0 to 199.)
- Instructions for Preparation of CBP Form 7501 (July 24, 2012)
- Right to Make Entry Directive 3530-002A
The rules and instructions are subject to change . Check the CBP website for the latest and authentic information.