While assisting a client this week they made a common, but inaccurate, assumption that if their commodity is classified for export as EAR99 then NLR (No License Required) automatically applies. Not necessarily.
Here is some info from the BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) website:
What does EAR99 mean?
If your item falls under U.S. Department of Commerce jurisdiction and is not listed on the CCL, it is designated as EAR99. EAR99 items generally consist of low-technology consumer goods and do not require a license in most situations. However, if your proposed export of an EAR99 item is to an embargoed country, to an end-user of concern, or in support of a prohibited end-use, you may be required to obtain a license.
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Congratulations to all who passed the October 2020 Customs Broker exam. To those who came up short give it another try in April. The test is difficult and passing rates are typically in the 10-12% range.
Here are a few questions from the exam. Answers below.
- What are the Customs Territories of the United States?
A. The states, District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
B. The states, Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
C. The states, District of Columbia, Virgin Islands
D. The states, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands,
E. The states, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and island of
- Cotton napkins are imported into the United States. The cotton fabric comprising the
napkins is woven in China and the sewing thread is made in Taiwan. The fabric and thread are
shipped to Vietnam to be cut, sewn, and finished into the napkins. The finished napkins are then
shipped in bulk to Singapore for packaging before being imported into the United States. What is
the country of origin of the napkins?
E. United States
- Which of the below drawback periods is CORRECT?
A. Drawback is permissible on exported or destroyed merchandise, which was imported,
sold at retail, and returned to the importer, within 3 years of the date of import
B. Unless a waiver is applicable, a Notice of Intent to Export, Destroy, or Return
Merchandise for Purposes of Drawback (CBP Form 7553) must be filed with CBP at
least 15 working days prior to the date of intended exportation
C. At least 10 working days before the intended date of destruction of merchandise under
CBP supervision, upon which drawback is intended to be claimed, a Notice of Intent to
Export, Destroy or Return Merchandise for Purposes of Drawback (CBP Form 7553)
must be filed
D. A party may challenge a denial of an application for certification as a participant in the
drawback compliance program by filing a written appeal within 30 days of the issuance
of the notice of denial
E. Drawback is allowed on imported merchandise if the merchandise is exported or
destroyed within 3 years of the date of importation and was not used within the United
Answers: 26-A, 27-B, 63-D
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Questions about USMCA?
Good resource for traders….U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA)cbp.gov