1. The first criteria to become a customs broker you must be
- Canadian citizen.
- Eighteen years of age.
- Good moral character( no criminal track record).
- You cannot be employed with the federal government when you appear for the customs broker exam.
If you can meet all these requirements, you can now move on to the next criteria.
2. You must have clear understanding of all the procedures of Importing. That includes,
- Importing procedures
- Import requirements
- Valuation procedures
- Fines and penalty clauses
- Classification of goods
- Rates, duty, taxes and fees for imported goods
A licensed broker should be able to provide necessary information to his clients and at the border and be ready with appropriate payments for the Customs Border Patrol (CBP) on behalf of his clients. You need to prove your capabilities in doing all these at the time of the exam.
3. You must pass a CBP exam. You have to appear for the examination at the port you want to practice.
4. You are needed to submit application fees along with the broker license application form. $200 is charged for application.
You will also be required to go through a fingerprint check and pay a processing fee.
A background investigation will be held for fingerprint analysis and character references. Your credit track report and criminal track will be checked too. Note: It is not necessary that you will not be given a license for any kind of arrests or conviction, the gravity of the matter will be analyzed.