Updated: Jan 15, 2020
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sets the dates for the customs brokers license exams every year. Section 641 of the 1930 Tariff Act requires a person who conducts customs business on behalf of others to be licensed by CBP. There are an estimated 14,450 active licensed customs brokers operating in the U.S. today.
Preparation is key
Applicants spend many hours preparing for the exam.
To pass the four-and-a-half-hour customs broker license exam, an applicant must score a passing grade of 75% or higher.
It is estimated that of the 1,200 applicants who take the customs broker license exam only 10 to 20% pass.
CBP may conduct webinars or other outreach prior to the exam, so that all exam takers will know what to expect on exam day as well as what will be allowed in the exam room.