The next Customs Broker Examination will be in October 2016 so start preparing now!

The next Customs Broker Examination will be in October 2016 so start preparing now!

Join some of your colleagues in a preparation class presented by The Global Trade & Supply Chain Institute™. The class will cover all major areas on the test, such as, entry procedures, marking, classification, value, broker responsibilities and much more. In addition, we will be sharing tips on how to best pass this exam.

Binders are provided giving you the outline to the most relevant questions on the test, as well as quizzes.

This “boot camp” seminar, attended in the past by employees from companies such as Meijer Foods and Northrop Grumman, all of whom have rated this as one of the best and hands-on seminars they have attended, is being provided again for the Fall 2016 CHB exam. The instructor comes from the “real-world” of applying Customs Regulations in day-to-day business situations, brokerage houses, and more, allowing him to tie all of the various areas into concrete examples. We are complementing this class with a licensed attorney, combining experience and “tricks” to passing tough exams, such as the CHB.

In addition, there will be a 2 hour webinar review just prior to the exam as a refresher and summation of the exam questions you may face. This is an intensive “boot camp” with sample testing, examples, and regulatory review.


When: Friday – Sunday, August 5th -7th, 2016, 9AM-5PM each day.

(3 days) (Space is limited)

Where: (Tentative location): To be advised. Classes will be held either in Westmont or Oakbrook Terrace

Cost: $1,100 (includes materials, Certificate of Completion, breakfast, snacks, and lunch)



The following is a summary of the areas and topics that we will be discussing in-depth during the Customs exam boot camp; a syllabus will be provided on Day 1 that covers in greater detail all areas below:

– CHB Broker Exam Statistics from 2010-2015, including all sections within 19 CFR and number of questions under each respective section

– GSP Presentation and details

– Valuation Presentation and details

– Required Materials for the CHB exam

– Identifying the “issues” and “details” required to pass exam questions

– Types of questions to expect on the exam

– Study techniques

– Three most questioned sections of 19 CFR on the exam

– Next five most questioned sections of 19 CFR on the exam

– Exam Prep Techniques

– Sample questions covering all exam sections, broken down by average percentage on previous exams, outlines, samples, and FAQs for each “sample question universe” provided by 19 CFR sections

– Sample tests, examples and regulatory overview

– And more!

A Study Guide will be provided for each class. 25% handling fee for any cancellations 5 days prior to the course. Bring your Customs Regulations and Harmonized Tariff Schedule. Both are required to take the Broker’s Exam. Breakfast, snacks, coffee, lunch and drinks will be provided for all 3 days.

Should you have any questions prior to class, please contact us at:



The instructor, Lowell DeFrance, CHB, J.D., Esq. Manager of Brokerage Operations Chicago for Farrow.

Lowell DefranceLowell DeFrance is a licensed customs house broker with over 20 years’ experience (since 1994) and international trade attorney (since 2009). Admitted to Practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade. He is an experienced branch manager and mentor, sales/marketing representative and client consultant.  Highly knowledgeable in international trade law, Customs law and transportation law.  Leading-edge knowledge on  regulations and international trade compliance issues including but not limited to C-TPAT, AES, USDA, F&W, ACE, ACH, RFL, FDA, ITAR and broker self-assessment audits. He has in-depth knowledge with hands on experience in classification, valuation, entry process, Foreign Trade Zones, prior disclosures, ruling requests, seizures, petitions, protests, post entries, C-TPAT validations, and Free Trade Agreements (NAFTA, SG, US/Korea).

Profile PhotoChristos Linardakis is an attorney with the Braumiller Law Group and Partner in the Global Trade & Supply Chain Institute. Mr. Linardakis holds two advanced law degrees (LL.M.) in International Trade Law & International Corporate Law. He has served at several multibillion dollar publically traded companies, as well as in small-to-medium size export trading companies, as a Global Trade Compliance & regulatory attorney, ITAR Empowered Official, and V.P. & General Counsel for a German Export Trade Company. His ability to identify operational weaknesses and risks associated with lack of proper global controls and oversight of trade benefits, long with compliance issues, has made him a regular speaker for both private and government entities. His experience in various Export Enforcement investigations and FBI cases has provided him with the skills and insight on the risks of global trade. He is a frequent speaker for associations and U.S. government agencies, such as the Dept. of Commerce, SBA, and SBDC.

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