Prepare for the October 2016 Customs House Broker License Exam Online or Live at JFK!

New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Assn., PO Box 8217, Red Bank, NJ 07701, and Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms specializing in Customs law, is offering a courses in preparation for the October 2016 Custom House Broker License Exam.  This course also provides an excellent overview of customs law and compliance for importers not intending to take the broker's exam.

These events are approved by The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) for 20 Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) continuing education points.

Information on the CCS program is available by clicking on the above logo.

Two courses are being held.  A live course is being held at JFK Airport.

Dates:           Beginning on July 11 – October 3 (Ten classes).

Time:             5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. -- Monday Evenings

Location:       JFK Airport, Building #14

Register:        Online at REGISTRATION 

Cost:               Employees of NY/NJ FFF&BA, NCBFAA or Westconn Members, $650 (To pay by credit card please go to PayPal or copying this link to your browser

                      Non-members, $750 (To pay by credit card please go to PayPal.)

For those unable to attend the live course, an on-line class is being offered

Dates:           Beginning July 12 – October 4  (Ten sessions).

Time:            2-hour Webinars, Tuesday Evenings 6-8 pm Eastern Time –

Register:       Online at REGISTRATION 

Cost:               $400.00.  We encourage you to pay via PayPal by clicking or copying this link to your browser.

We must receive payment before the first class.  Information regarding where to log on will be sent upon receipt of full payment.  Checks must be received prior to the first class. 

The exam tests knowledge of U.S. Customs regulations, classification, valuation, broker regulation, and entry preparation.  It is advisable that students have some experience in import operations or customs brokerage.  U.S. Government regulations require that applicants for a broker license be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and U.S. citizens.  To sit for the exam, one must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and a U.S. citizen on the day of the exam.  All participants must have the current Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States (2016 No Supplements) and the Customs Regulation (19 Code of Federal Regulations revised as of April 1, 2016 Parts 0 to End).  A loose-leaf edition of the regulations is also available.  Please make sure you have received the latest updates with your purchase. 

You can purchase the HTSUS and Customs Regulations from either of two sources.  Boskage Commerce Publications (a Thomson Reuters company)  offers the HTSUS, Customs Regulations and additional materials and guarantees the correct editions for all students who purchase their Required Testing Material Packages (or individual books for specific exams). (Note: be sure to purchase the editions specific to the exam for which you are planning to study.)  Boskage sells both the HTSUS and the Customs Regulations in loose-leaf versions that include binders and convenient tabs.  Please refer to the website or call Boskage directly at (888) 880-4088 for prices, shipping fees, subscriptions, and other information.  These Government publications are also available from Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, D.C. 20402 (1-866-512-1800 or 1-202-512-1800) or online at  Delivery can take from 3 to 8 weeks.  You can charge your purchase on American Express, Visa or MasterCard. 

As part of the fee for the course, each participant will receive a course book including materials to assist in the preparation of the exam (Customs directives, pipelines, decisions, etc.) and prior Customs broker examinations.  The exams will be for you to take at home and review to discuss in class.  Practicing the prior exams assists you in familiarizing you to the format and manner of the exam.

David M. Murphy, Esq. will lead the webinar series.  David M. Murphy is a licensed Customs broker since 1992, a NCBFAA “Certified Customs Specialist,” an attorney and partner with the law firm of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman, & Klestadt LLP.  Mr. Murphy has taught a Broker Exam review course in the Port of New York since 1996 and has over twenty five years’ experience in handling Customs brokerage issues as well as customs and trade issues including U.S. export control, FTZs, and international sanctions programs.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:  David M. Murphy ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or call at 212-557-4000.


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On February 24, 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced changes to the certification requirements for adult wearing apparel that is exempt from flammability testing.

Pursuant to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, manufacturers of consumer products subject to a rule, standard or ban enforced by the CPSC are required to issue a general conformity certification (“GCC”).  The GCC must certify that the product is compliant based on a test of each product or a reasonable testing program.  However, certain products are exempt from testing pursuant to 16 C.F.R. §1610.1(d) based on fabric weight and fiber content.

The CPSC has announced in a statement of policy that it will no longer pursue compliance or enforcement actions against manufacturers, importers, or private labelers for failure to certify or to issue, provide, or make available a GCC with respect to adult wearing apparel that is exempt from flammability testing pursuant to 16 C.F.R. §1610.1(d).  These changes are set to take effect on March 25, 2016.

Adult wearing apparel that is made entirely from one more of the following fabrics is exempt from flammability testing pursuant to 16 C.F.R. §1610.1(d):

(1)  Plain surface fabrics, regardless of fiber content, weighing 2.6 ounces per square yard or more; and

(2)  All fabrics, both plain surface and raised-fiber surface textiles, regardless of weight, made entirely from any of the following fibers or entirely from combination of the following fibers: acrylic, modacrylic, nylon, olefin, polyester, wool.

This change only applies to adult wearing apparel that is exempt from testing pursuant to 16 C.F.R. §1610.1(d), above.  Although these products are now exempt from both flammability testing and certification, the CPSC can still bring an enforcement action if a product is ultimately found to be non-compliant with the flammability standard.  Certification will continue to be required for adult wearing apparel that is not exempt from testing pursuant to §1610.1(d), as well as adult apparel items that may be subject to other CPSC regulations.  These changes also do not apply to children’s apparel.

Please feel free to contact David J. Evan or Jamie L. Maguire with any questions regarding these changes.


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