CB2u—Intro to U.S. Customs Brokerage: Part 2, Customs Broker Transactions, Supervision and Work Flow

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Estimated total study time: 11 hours 49 minutes [Enroll now]

This the second of the nine-part series of introductory courses in the practical work of U.S. customs brokerage work groups, and should be taken after completion of Intro to U.S. Customs Brokerage, Part 1, for proper continuity (See the syllabus for Part 1 for more information).

This course delves deeper into operational aspects of customs brokerage, beginning with import carrier and importer responsibilities prior to arrival of a shipment to be imported. We next address starting a broker transaction and understanding the full range of possible customs entry procedures which may be used to meet a client's need. We conclude with how broker operations are typically organized and supervised, and the CBP requirement for "Responsible Supervision."

Note: The actual processing of a customs entry is covered in Part 6 of this introductory course series.

Pre-Importation Responsibilities by Importer, Carrier, and Customs Broker

In this lesson we begin our examination of the actual importation process with what must happen before a shipment arrives into the U.S. For example, the import carrier must provide advance shipment (manifest) information to CBP, listing all the shipments on-board. Before arrival of food to be imported into the U.S., the importer or his agent, often the customs broker, must notify the FDA with shipment details.

(Estimated study time: 59 minutes)

Starting a Customs Broker Transaction

This lesson addresses what triggers the beginning of a customs broker transaction, how to start a transaction in a broker's operational system, and the information and documents needed before starting work on the customs entry.

(Estimated study time: 1 hour 21 minutes)

Understanding "Customs Entry" Options

This lesson begins our coverage of what a customs broker must understand about types of customs entries, and their applicability based on the particulars of an import shipment.

(Estimated study time: 46 minutes)

The ABI System

The CBP's Automated Broker Interface (ABI) is the means by which customs brokers and direct-filer importers transact most of their business with CBP. It is important to understand the nature and capabilities of this system.

(Estimated study time: 1 hour 25 minutes)

Customs Entry by "Formality" of Procedure

This lesson further explains and differentiates among types of customs entry procedures by level of formality ("formal" vs. "informal" vs. neither), and the respective situations which dictate level of formality.

(Estimated study time: 1 hour 27 minutes)

Types of Customs Entries Based on Disposition of Goods; "Consumption Entries"

This lesson addresses types of customs entries and options to achieve various dispositions of the imported goods. We begin with an overview of all types of entry procedures, and then examine entry for consumption.

(Estimated study time: 33 minutes)

Entry of Goods for a Temporary or Conditional Time Period

Goods which are to be in the the U.S. only temporarily, or are imported for exhibition only, are often entered under special provisions to avoid the payment of duty and/or simplify the import and re-export process. This lesson addresses these types of entries/procedures.

(Estimated study time: 1 hour 0 minutes)

Additional Types of Customs Entries

In this lesson we continue our examination of various types of customs entries in terms of the intended disposition of the goods, including foreign trade zone entries and transportation-in-bond.

(Estimated study time: 1 hour 1 minute)

In-Transit Cargo

In this lesson we address procedures for the movement of in-transit cargo under bond, responsibilities and concerns with such cargo and reasons a customs broker may become involved in arranging such shipments.

(Estimated study time: 1 hour 1 minute)

U.S. Customs Broker Responsibilities

This lesson addresses regulatory requirements which the CBP places on licensed customs brokers with respect to "responsible supervision" of operations and employees by individually licensed broker(s).

(Estimated study time: 1 hour 19 minutes)

Customs Broker Work Group Organization

This lesson covers typical ways that customs brokers organize and supervise their work groups, and the importance of each work group member understanding such organization, division of labor, work flow and his/her individual responsibilities.

(Estimated study time: 57 minutes)