Many people who are not aware about Customs Broker Licence have many queries in the mind regarding this. Let me explain in the easiest way :
Q1. Who is a Customs Broker ?
Customs Broker is a person (Including legal person) who have grated a license for clearance of export-import shipments from the possession of Indian Customs. No person other than a license holder can represent a client before
Customs for Customs Clearance procedure.
Although exporter or importer can Customs clear their cargo at their own, but same as an advocate needed to win a case in the court of law, a Customs Broker (CB) is needed to clear the cargo from Customs. Since a lay man is not suppose to have specific knowledge about export import and foreign trade related law, policies, notifications, and procedures, they need services of a Customs Broker for the smooth clearance of the Cargo.
Q2. Which Act and Regulations given a legal Standing to a Customs Broker ? Indian Customs Act 1962, with Customs Broker Licensing Regulations 2018 empowers legal standing to Customs Brokers.
Indian Customs Act 1962, with Customs Broker Licensing Regulations 2018 empowers legal standing to Customs Brokers.
Q3. What types of Exams are conducted by the Indian Customs ?
On behalf of Indian Customs, Customs Broker Examination at all India level is conducted by the National Academy of Customs Indirect Taxes and Narcotics Faridabad (NACIN) under Regulation 6 of CBLR 2018. Besides this G-card Exams also conducted by the same authority under Regulation 13 of CBLR 2018.
Q4. What is the qualification prescribed to appear in G-Card Exam under Regulation 13 of CBLR 2018 ?
A candidate must be a Higher Secondary (12th) pass with an experience of 6 month holding a valid H-Card, can apply for G-Card exam. An H-Card is an identity card issued by department of Customs on behest of a Customs Broker.
Q5. What is the eligibility criteria to become a Customs Broker/CHA/F Card in India ?
—(1) The applicant for a license to act as a Customs Broker in a Customs Station, shall before applying to the Principal Commissioner of Customs or Commissioner of Customs, meet the following conditions that: ~
(a) he is a citizen of India;
(b) he is a person of sound mind;
(c) he is not adjudicated as insolvent;
(d) he holds an Aadhaar number;
(e) he holds a valid PAN card;
(f) he has not been penalised for any offence under the Act, the Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of 1944), the Finance Act, 1994(32 of 1994), the Central Goods and Services Act, 2017 (12 of 2017) and Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (13 of 2017);
(g) he has neither been convicted by a competent court for an offence nor any criminal proceeding is pending against him in any court of law;
(h) an individual applicant or in case the applicant is a firm, its partner or in the case of a company, its director or an authorised employee who may handle the Customs work shall—
(i) be a graduate from a recognized University; and
(ii) possess a professional degree such as Masters or equivalent degree in Accounting, Finance or Management, CA/CS/MBA/LLM/ACMA/FCMA or
Diploma in Customs Clearance work from any Institutes or University recognised by the Government or is having at least two years’ experience in transacting Customs Broker work as G-Card holder;
(i)the applicant has financial viability as evidenced by a certificate issued by a Scheduled Bank or such other proof acceptable to the Principal Commissioner of Customs or Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be, in terms of possession of assets of value of not less than five lakhs rupees.
(2) A retired Group A officer from the Indian Revenue Service(Customs and Central Excise)having a minimum of five years’ experience in Group ‘A’ post shall also be eligible to apply for a license to act as a Customs Broker provided he satisfies the conditions specified at (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) and (i)of subregulation (1) above.
(3) The Principal Commissioner or Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be, may for the purpose of this regulation, make such enquiries to verify the eligibility of the applicant as he may deem fit before forwarding the application to 1[National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN)].
Q6. What a Customs Broker do ?
A Customs Broker who is a Licence Holder of the Licence is authorise to Customs Clear all import and export material from any port of India subject to certain restrictions. The Licence of Customs Broker is a mandatory requirement to represent any client before Customs Authorities for Customs Clearance and other purposes.
Q7. How to become a Customs Broker in India ?
Customs Broker/F card/Regulation 6 CBLR Exam is conducted online by National Academy of Customs Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) annually. However, Application Forms for the exam is submitted offline in the month of Oct-Nov at the respective Commissionerate where one intends to practice. Dates are decided by Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs.
The Exam consisting 150 Questions, for 3 marks each, making it 450 total marks. This exam has a system of negative marking, aspirant will get positive three marks for each right answer and will have to lose minus one mark for each wrong answer. You need to score 60% marks in order to qualify for written exam.
After qualifying written exam, you need to appear for Oral Examination of 100 Marks in which also you need to score 60%. After passing both the exam at a time you will be declared as qualified and will be eligible to apply to get a Customs Broker License.
Q8. What is the Syllabus of Customs Broker Exam ?
The examination may include questions on the following:
(a) preparation of various kinds of bills of entry, bills of export, shipping bills, and other clearance documents;
(b) arrival entry and clearance of vessels;
(c) tariff classification and rates of duty;
(d) determination of value of imported and export goods;
(e) conversion of currency;
(f) nature and description of documents to be filed with various kinds of bills of entry, shipping bills and other clearance documents;
(g) procedure for assessment and payment of duty including refund of duty paid;
(h) examination of goods at Customs Stations;
(i) prohibitions on import and export;
(j) bonding procedure and clearance from bond;
(k) re-importation and conditions for free re-entry;
(l) drawback and export promotion schemes including the Special Economic Zone scheme;
(m) offences under the Act;
(n) provisions of the allied Acts including the Central Goods and Services Act, 2 017 (12 of 2017) and section 5 of the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (13 of 2017), the Indian Explosives Act, 1884 (4 of 1884), the Destructive Insects and Pests Act 1914 (2 of 1914), the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1930 (2 of 1930), the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (23 of 1940), the Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of1944), the Copy Right Act, 1957 (14 of 1957), the Trade and Merchandise Marks Act 1958 (43 of 1958), the Arms Act 1959 (54 of 1959), the Patents Act, 1970 (39 of 1970), the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (61 of 1985), the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986), the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulations) Act, 1992 (22 of 1992), the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999), the Design Act, 2000 (16 of 2000) and the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006 (No. 34 of 2006) and other laws for the time being in force applicable to EXIM trade and the rules and regulations made under these Acts in so far as they are relevant to clearance of goods through Customs;
(o) provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (49 of 1998);
(p) procedure for appeal and revision applications under the Act; and
(q) online filing of electronic bills of entry and shipping bills vide the Indian Customs and Central Excise Electronic Commerce or Electronic data interchange gateway (ICEGATE) and Indian Customs Electronic data Interchange System (ICES).
(r) knowledge of regulations, rules, notifications, etc. under the Customs Act and other Allied Acts.
Q9. What is the process of filing application for Customs Broker Exam ?
Application process of Customs Broker Exam is offline for now, it will soon be online. In the month of August every year NACIN as well as every Commissionerate publishes notification and invite application for the exam.
Q10.Where I need to apply for the examination ?
Although you can apply from any Commissionerate in India, this however be selected on the basis where you want to work as a Customs Broker.
Q11.How to file Application for Customs Broker Exam ?
There is a format Called “Form A” you need to file your application in that format along with your PAN Card, Aadhar Card, a solvency Certificate of 5 LAKH Rupees, and your educational certificates. A fee of 500 Rs need to be deposited through TR6 Challan at the Commissionerate you are applying and copy of that Challan need to be submitted along with Form A.
Q12. Is there any eligible candidate list publishes ?
Yes, after scrutinising applications of the candidates, list of eligible candidates is published by the commissionerate where you had filed the application. You need to check whether your name is there in the list or not.
Q13. How many times I can appear in the exam ?
Customs Broker Licensing Regulations 2018 prescribes that you can pass this exam in six attempts.
Q14. How difficult this exam is ?
Exam is difficult if you go through past results the final result ranges between 3% to 7% you need to have specific study and with only a highly experienced teacher can guide you for this exam. You can contact PSP Academy Mr. Lokesh Shrivastava ( 9910189981) for this he is highly experienced teacher in this field and PSP Academy is the best Academy for this exam in India.
Q15. What is the best way to pass Customs Broker Exam ?
The best way to pass this exam is to join PSP Academy, their courses are online having a very scientific curriculum with highly experienced teachers and a very good track record of results. This Academy is highly focused on aspirants success.
Q16. Which is the best Academy/Coaching/Classes to pass Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India ?
The best Academy/Coaching/Classes to pass Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam is PSP Academy. This is evident from the past 14 years best results in India for this exam. We have thousands of success story to tell you but our mission is only your success, we have unmatched unparallel result so far starting from the first G card Batch in 2011. Our trainees remained toppers of the exam, many times, the most recent are Ms. Suman Kumari from (Delhi) CBLR Reg 6 Written 2023, Ms. Purva Shah (Mumbai) Written Topper 2022 apart from this our other students comes in top 10 highest scorers.
PSP Academy had started in year 2011 with a G Card Batch in which there were 16 Students out of which 13 passed such was our very first
result. The legacy of such results ranging between 50-90 % continued ever since. Some of the remarkable results were:
- In Reg 6(F Card) Exam 2013 we had 13 students out of which 12 Students passed.
- In G Card Exam 2013 we had 36 Students out of which 33 passed.
- We made a bang in the Reg 6 (F Card) Written Exam 2019 in which full batch was passed we had 32 students out of which 28 was passed 04 who were irregular and non-serious only failed.
- In Reg 6 (F Card) Written Exam 2021 total passed all over India was 69 out of which 21 PSPians from a single batch of 45 aspirants. In
the same year Interview Class 17 passed the exam out of 26 aspirants.
- In last year Reg 6 (F Card) Written Exam 2022 total passed all over India was 65 out of which 23 were from PSP Academy. In the same
year in Interview Class we had 32 Students in Interview Class out of which 29 got the Licence.
- In current year Reg 6 (F Card) Written Exam 2023 total passed all over India is 97 out of which 48 are the PSPians who qualified to appear in Oral Exam.
Q17. Which is the best Course available for Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India ?
Although there are many courses available for Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India but if you want a sure shot of success you should join PSP Academy’s full course of 3.5 months duration. They have the best course material for the exam. The fee is also moderately reasonably charged, this is the best course available in India to pass this tough exam of Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India. The Course is very scientifically designed, highly precise, success oriented and toppers read the course every year and from PSP Academy. We have a pool of highly experienced qualified persons who can guide you through tough waters of exam.
Q18. Who is the best teacher for Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India ?
There are certain qualities of and expertise required to guide aspirants of Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India some of them is :
- A teacher for Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India must himself have passed the exam. One who never appeared in the exam must be avoided.
- A teacher who have first-hand experience of Customs Clearance Process, who himself have cleared thousands of shipments.
- A Teacher who can express his views such that an unexperienced professional of different field can connect with him and understand the
concepts of multilayered customs clearance work.
- A Teacher who can explain in a very simple, understandable language with simple examples of ordinary things.
- A Teacher who himself is a very qualified person with having a vast experience of teaching in top-notch Indian Institutes.
You can find only one such teacher in India for Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam and that is Mr. Lokesh Shrivastava. Who have overall teaching experience of 25 Years. Mr. Lokesh Shrivastava is the best teacher available for Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India.
Q19. which academy/Coaching Institute has the best result of Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India ?
PSP Academy is the best Academy which is known through out India for its best results in Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India.
Q20. Where I can get previous years question papers for Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam/G Card Exam in India ?
You can get Previous Years Question Papers with Course Material of PSP Academy. Previous years question papers are also available with explanation of each question by Mr. Lokesh Shrivastava himself on youtube. The link of the channel is provided below:
Q21. How Oral Examination is done after passing written test ?
After qualifying written test an oral exam is done for the successful candidates. Oral exam is organised at local Commissionerate and panel of the exam is consist of three serving Commissioners of Customs which include a representative of NACIN Faridabad.
Q22. What type of questions, they ask in the oral exam ?
Interview Panel ask questions about practical aspects, along with questions from The Customs Act, Rules, Regulations, procedures, notifications.
Q23. What is the best way to pass Oral Exam?
PSP Academy is the only and Best academy in India for CBLR Oral Exam, which provides guidance classes to pass this exam, you are suggested to join PSP Academy’s Oral Exam classes which will give you insight to qualify oral exam.
Q. How to prepare for customs broker exam?
To pass Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India you should join PSP Academy without hesitation. It is very tough now a days to pass this exam without a mentor, however there is no dearth of study material in the market you can do self-study also but always remember that there are only 6 attempts available and “self-study is the best study but it kills time”.
Q. What is the best way to study Customs Act 1962 ?
The best way to study and learn The Customs Act 1962 is to read and learn it topic wise with the numeric numbers of Sections. You must learn major sections of the Custom Act by heart in order to pass the exam.
Q. Is there any Crash Course available with PSP Academy for Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India ?
Yes, there is a crash course of 07 days available for those how could not attend the regular batch of Customs Broker/CHA/Reg 6 CBLR Exam in India.
Q. How much a Customs Broker earns in India ?
After passing the exam, there are two options available the first one is to join any existing Licensed company as a Reg 6 qualified person for which you shall be paid as per your experience, knowledge and work handling capacity the salary ranges between 35000-100000 Rs for a fresher in India. The Second option is to start your own Customs Clearance business, in this option based on the clientele, nature of job, quality of your services and your customer satisfaction you can earn without any ceiling.
Q. What is the future scope of a Customs Broker in india ?
As a Customs Broker/CHA the future is bright in India. There is very baseless fear among the community of Customs Broker/Aspirants that all the things going into online mode and demand for Customs Broker will be decreased. For this you need to understand that all courts in India are online is Advocates not there ?, All banks are online ,do they have employees ?, Incometax department is online, CA’s are still doing fine, then why Customs Borker will be vanished. Even though it get completely online, still trained man power will be needed. Moreover if all importer/exporter get self-clearance permission and Government changes its policy of Licensing(which is next to impossible since it is a global concept) you will get a job in export/import houses. So Customs Broker will never be go out of fashion.
One more apprehension is there for reduction in demand of a Customs Broker in India. This theory is baseless because all you must be agree that business is increasing day by day but Customs Broker Licensing Examination getting tough day by day. Only one third of number of Licenses are being issued in comparison to older days. The result is lesser number of aspirants are getting qualified whereas business is increasing, here comes rule of demand and supply. Demand and supply decides price of a goods or service. When business is growing means demand is increasing, where as pass percentage is decreasing means supply is decreasing in this scenario value of a Customs Broker will definitely increase and this can be seen down the line ten years.
Means there should not be a fear or apprehension of scope for a Customs Broker in future.
Q. When will notice for customs broker exam 2024 be notified ?
Notice for Customs Broker Exam is notified in the month of August by NACIN and in Sept-Oct every year by the respective Commissionerate where you want to appear in the exam.