CB10u—Customs Broker's Licensure Exam Preparation: Learning by Practice and Simulation

Subscriber price: $499.00, Non-subscriber price: $699.00
Estimated total study time: 102 hours 42 minutes [Enroll now]

This course provides training in the subject matter and competencies needed to pass the U.S. Customs Broker's exam.

CBP was trying to get the pass rate to 20-25% and came close for a few years. Lately they have not been as successful. Previous pass rates:

It is a very difficult exam. Many people do not pass the first time. The current pass rate for people taking our course as directed, on average is 85%. Compare that to other courses in-person and online.

This course consists of multiple choice questions from past CBP Broker exams. One of the suggested ways to study is by using past exams because new questions may be worded similarly or may be reused. The majority of questions in this course will be from the most recent exams but there will be updated questions spanning the past 10+ years. CBP no longer posts exams older than 5 years but they do use questions from older exams. This is one of the few places that will provide you with these questions. About 17% of the questions in new exams are repeated from previous years.

Suggested study text is provided at the beginning of each module. This includes specific areas where the questions will come from. With this information, you will not waste time studying sections that are not normally covered in the exam. Detailed feedback is provided in the practice questions for each possible correct or incorrect answer, showing the step-by-step procedures to arrive at the correct response based on the information, applicable regulations and/or tariff classification heading. With this drill and practice method, it is easy to discover and correct any weaknesses. It is recommended to allow at least 5-6 months prior to the exam for study. Studies suggest in order to pass the exam over 100 hours of study are required.

Classification is approximately 20% of the broker's exam. The classification category is the one where most errors occur. If the student has not had any experience with classification, we recommend that this course is assigned after completion of C6u, "U.S. Customs Tariff (HTSUS) Classification Basics."

Although this course does provide links to electronic versions of the CFR and HTSUS, the reference material needed for the exam is not included and must be purchased or printed separately. Printing may not be cost-effective because there are around 3000 pages for the HTSUS and 2,300 pages for all three volumes of 19 CFR. Refer to the Notice of Examination for the proper versions of the references for the exam you are taking. The Government Printing Office has a limited number of copies available. It may be necessary to find other sources. Specific instructions on how to do so are given at the beginning of the course. It is best to have these at the start, to practice finding the information. If you work for a customs broker, they may be willing to lend these publications to you for the exam. References are offered online during the exam but they are not the ones through ECFR.gov or the USITC. The associated search feature is not easy to use. Also, only one monitor is allowed, and unless you are extremely proficient with computers it may be difficult to use the online version. Please go to https://home.pearsonvue.com/cble and try the practice exam which has the electronic references as they will be for the actual exam. Watch for and work with the practice version before deciding to go without the paper references. Paper copies of the materials will run from $300-400.

We will share pertinent information about the exam through direct e-mail and on facebook U.S. Customs Broker Exam and twitter @GISTnet.

There is a fee for exam registration and a separate fee to apply for your license once the exam is passed. The requirements for an individual license are located in 19 CFR 111 Subpart B. Also, refer to the CBP website for additional information on Becoming a Customs Broker and Customs Brokers.

We guarantee that CB10u will help you pass the Customs Broker exam or we will reassign you to the course one additional time, free of charge.

Please note: this material is text-based and does not contain any webinars or video lectures at this time. A subject matter expert is available at all times and will answer questions and explain anything confusing within 24 hours of being contacted.


CB10u Pre-Course Questionnaire

CBP Exam Category; Powers of Attorney

This module presents for study the parts of the Code of Federal Regulations that are the most important for a Customs Broker, including the entry of merchandise and the entry process. You will examine and apply the Customs Directive explaining who has the right to make entry, and take a close look at the CBP Power of Attorney form. In addition, we will start getting familiar with the Section and Chapter notes for Section 1 and 2 of the HTSUS.

(Estimated study time: 4 hours 14 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Quota

This module addresses quota, special classes of merchandise and special entry procedures. We will also study remote location filing eligibility and continue with familiarization of the HTSUS notes for Section 11.

(Estimated study time: 3 hours 8 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Antidumping and Countervailing Duty

This lesson addresses antidumping and countervailing duties. In addition, you will learn the entry summary acceptance and rejection policy and understand the instructions for preparation of the Entry Summary. We continue with familiarization with the HTSUS notes in Section 4.

(Estimated study time: 3 hours 46 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Valuation

This module addresses customs value of merchandise and the basis of appraisement used to determine it. We will study the regulations regarding CBP's financial accounting procedure, classification and appraisement of merchandise, liquidation of duties, application of the HTSUS general statistical notes and continue getting familiar with Section 21 and 22 notes.

(Estimated study time: 6 hours 9 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Marking and Intellectual Property Rights

This lesson is on marking and intellectual property rights (IPR), which include country of origin, packing and stamping, trademarks, trade names and copyright. We will also continue with HTSUS notes for Section 6.

(Estimated study time: 3 hours 58 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Recordkeeping and ACE

This module addresses record-keeping requirements and the ACE Entry Summary Business Process document. In addition we will study general enforcement provisions, inspection, search and seizure and we get familiar with Section 7 HTSUS notes.

(Estimated study time: 3 hours 37 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Security

This lesson module addresses security measures such as C-TPAT and Importer Security Filing. We will study vessels in foreign and domestic trades, learn about general order, unclaimed and abandoned merchandise and get familiar with HTSUS notes Section 10.

(Estimated study time: 56 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Fines Penalties and Forfeitures

This module addresses fines, penalties and forfeitures, claims for liquidated damages, penalties secured by bonds, basic importation and entry bond conditions and protests. We will also get familiar with the HTSUS notes for Chapters 68-71.

(Estimated study time: 5 hours 3 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Bonds

This lesson addresses customs bonds and bond amounts. We will study articles conditionally free subject to a reduced rate, and carnets. We will also get familiar with the HTSUS notes for Section 15 and 16.

(Estimated study time: 5 hours 12 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Trade Agreements

This module addresses trade agreements. We will study rules of origin, the HTSUS General Notes and get familiar with the HTSUS notes for Section 17.

(Estimated study time: 5 hours 16 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Classification

This lesson addresses HTSUS Classification. The current HTSUS is required for this lesson. In addition we will study mail importations, personal declarations and exemptions and administrative rulings. Here we also master the general and additional U.S. rules of interpretation and get familiar with the HTSUS Chapter and Section Notes as well as the Notice to Exporters.

(Estimated study time: 7 hours 35 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Modernized Drawback

This lesson module addresses modernized drawback. We will also study relief from duties on merchandise lost, damaged, abandoned, or exported and export control.

(Estimated study time: 5 hours 0 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Broker Compliance

19 CFR Part 111 and Part 152 are the most tested parts of Title 19 Code of Federal Regulations. All questions relating to Part 111 are associated with this lesson. In addition we will study the air commerce regulations, express consignments, examination, sampling and testing of merchandise and get familiar with the CATAIR.

(Estimated study time: 8 hours 4 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Warehouse

This module addresses customs warehouse shipments including Container Stations and Foreign Trade Zones. We will also study warehouse and rewarehouse entries and withdrawals.

(Estimated study time: 4 hours 46 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Entry

This lesson addresses the subject of "entry," (i.e., entry of merchandise, entry processes, different types of entries, etc.). Study also includes CBP relations with insular possessions and Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, transportation in bond and merchandise in transit, trade fairs. Customs directives on bond sufficiency and instructions for deriving the MID will also be part of this lesson.

(Estimated study time: 9 hours 23 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Miscellaneous/General

This module addresses general topics such as administrative review, carriers, cartmen and lightermen. We will also look at the customs directives for Census interface-processing and the guidelines for the input of names and addresses in customs system.

(Estimated study time: 9 hours 19 minutes)

CBP Exam Category; Practical Exercises

This module consists of "scenarios" which describe hypothetical transactions that ask you to process them similar to the way you would handle a real transaction. They may address classification, entered value, codes for the 7501, calculation of duties and fees, etc.

(Estimated study time: 5 hours 0 minutes)

CBP Exam Simulation and Appeal Instructions

The system will randomly select 4 hours worth of questions in order to give you an idea of how it feels to work under time pressure.

(Estimated study time: 12 hours 15 minutes)