Customs Brokers | U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has canceled the April 1, 2020 Customs Broker Licensing Exam (CBLE). Individuals that registered for the April 1, 2020 CBLE will receive refunds for their application fee of $390.00. These refunds will be provided to all registrants automatically. CBP will continue to provide additional information concerning the CBLE in future CSMS messages.

If you have questions or comments, you may email the broker management branch via


Next Exam

Registration opens February 3, 2020 and closes March 2, 2020. 

The Customs Broker License Exam registration for April 1, 2020 is now closed.

The reference material is:

  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2019 Basic Edition, No Supplements)
  • Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (2019 Revised as of April 1, 2019) Parts 1 to 199.
  • Instructions for Preparation of CBP Form 7501 (December 2019)
  • Right to Make Entry Directive 3530-002A
  • ACE Entry Summary Business Process (Version 9.75, Section 1 through 12)

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule will be provided electronically on exam day beginning with the April 1, 2020 exam.  The HTS will have basic search functions. Examinees still have the option to bring in their paper HTS if desired. Visit sample exam to become acquainted with the exam format and searchable HTS.

Exam Registration Process

  • All Broker Exam applicants will register using the eCBP Portal and create an on-line account via Login.Gov (if one is not created already.) Click here to access eCBP
  • Exam applicants will complete registration and submit payment using eCBP
  • CBP is discontinuing the process of providing pencils and scrap paper during the exam and examinees may bring their own pencil and scrap paper
  • After registration closes, applicants will receive an email to make their exam site selection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is looking forward to the publication of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the long awaited update to 19 CFR 111. 

It is suspected this will address many of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee’s (COAC) recommendations.  Some are listed below:

  • Replace the “district permit” and “national permit” with “the permit” to better reflect the transition to a single permit framework that operates at the national level within the custom territory of the United States.
  • Require brokers to have a single permit that allows them to have sufficient authority to conduct custom business at the national level within the customs territory of the United States.  This will also eliminate the need for brokers to request permit waivers.
  • Prepare a transition plan to a single permit.
  • Require brokers to provide satisfactory evidence of how the entity intends to exercise Responsible Supervision and Control.
  • Make enhancement to ACE for broker reporting and Streamline Broker reporting
  • Update the factors related to Responsible Supervision and Control related to the transition of managing under the national permit that would replace the district permit.
  • Require that the Power of Attorney come directly from the Importer to the Broker.
  • Remove specific fee dollar amounts and reference a single source of location allowing greater flexibility.
  • Expand Broker payment options to include electronic payment of fees.
  • Provide for reasonable steps to include the review of publicly available, open source information to authenticate the identity of the broker.
  • Require that customs business may be conducted only within the customs territory of the United States.
  • Provide for the storage of electronic customs records within the custom territory of the United States.


Effective October 1, 2019 the Cobra Fee for permits (USER FEE) is $147.89 (was $144.74).
Effective January 1, 2019, the broker application finger printing fee is $11.25 (was $10.00).



CBP welcomes the submittal of new questions for future broker exams.  Please submit your questions to with “Future Exam Questions” in the subject line.




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