A customs broker is a person who has to look into import and export of goods in and out of the country. He/she is usually hired by the importer to transact with CBSA. It is a job which requires dedication and a sense of utmost responsibly because customs is also a matter of national security. Here are some things to keep in mind if one is aspiring to be a customs broker.
- First and foremost, one has to be eligible and fully certified. There are a series of qualifying examinations at the end of which one is granted the certificate and is registered with the government. The training entitles the candidate to learn about import and export duties, licenses, penalties, laws governing international rules of import and export, taxes and the like. The qualifying examination is by no means easy and one would be prudent to appear for multiple practice tests to get a clear idea about what to expect for the exams.
- After the successful completion of the examination, the next step is to submit an application for the broker license along with requisite fee. While submitting the application, all the previous educational documents need to be in place. Moreover, there are procedures involving fingerprint checks and background checks. The applicant should not have any prior criminal record. The application fee should be submitted on time.
- Make sure that the application is reviewed by the Customs Border Patrol. They usually have the last say in the granting of the license. One should also be prepared for any interviews that one might have to attend during the process because the character of the candidate, his firmness, his ability to act during matters of emergency and quick thinking and analytical skills are often judged in these interviews.