Customs Courses

 

Introduction to Customs Broking and the Customs Tariff Course

This course is designed as an introduction to the CBAFF Customs UUI course. Anyone who does not have at least 12 months working experience in the New Zealand Customs Broking Industry, is strongly recommended to first attend this course before they attempt the UUI Course. The Introduction course will provide you with the knowledge needed to confidently participate in the UUI Course.

Course Outline:

Customs Broking:

  • The role of a customs broker
  • Customs entry clearance procedures including types of entries
  • NZ Customs service
  • Overview of entry preparation (import and export)
  • Electronic data interchange
  • Ministry of health
  • MPI
  • Delivery order procedures
  • Carriers documentation
  • Avoiding storage charges
  • Prohibitions and restrictions

Customs Tariff Interpretation:

  • Tariff structure - outline
  • The standard tariff
  • Principles of classification
  • Notes
  • Tariff hierarchical structure

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CBAFF Customs UUI Course - Block 1

This course is the first part of four courses which are required to obtain the CBAFF UUI Course Certificate. During this course attendees will learn about the role of a Customs Broker in New Zealand and the main legislation relating to the industry NZ Customs Service, import/export procedures and border biosecurity.

Block One Outline:

  • The role of a Customs Broker and standards of behaviour
  • Customs legislation, regulations and rules
  • Why NZ Customs inspect goods and audit shipping documents
  • Legal requirements for making a Customs entry
  • Goods exempt from Customs Entry
  • Information and documents that are required to complete a goods entry
  • Why Customs may require access to records and the need for clients to retain business records
  • Types of goods entries and the circumstances in which each are used
  • Goods or classes of goods to which Import and Export restrictions and prohibitions apply
  • Administrative penalties
  • Exemptions from administrative penalties, and the appeal provisions
  • Registration of clients as users of the Customs computerised entry processing system
  • Biosecurity controls and legislation
  • Biosecurity entry standards for imported goods and conveyances
  • Documentation relating to Biosecurity requirements

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CBAFF Customs UUI Course - Block 2

This course is the second part of four courses which are required to obtain the CBAFF UUI Course Certificate. During this course attendees will learn how to determine the customs value for imported goods. You will also learn about trade agreements, preferential tariff duty rates and the rules of origin for imported goods. At the end of the course participants should have a good understanding of Customs Valuation, Origin and Preference.

Block Two Outline:

  • Valuation of goods for Customs purposes
  • INCOTERMS and how to determine the appropriate customs value
  • Locate and identify the sections of the Customs and Excise Act and Regulations which deal with valuation
  • Valuation in terms of the Customs and Excise Act 2018
  • State the methods of valuation used in New Zealand
  • Demonstrate practical application of determining transaction value under Schedule 4 to the Customs and Excise Act 2018 and calculation of revenue payable on imported goods
  • Categories of duties including import, dumping, excise and goods and service tax
  • Principles of GST legislation in relation to Customs and import and export entries
  • Duty rates in the Tariff and application of preferential tariff rates
  • Preferential trade agreements with New Zealand
  • Rules of origin
  • Identify sections of the Customs and Excise Act and Regulations which deal with Origin and Preference

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CBAFF Customs UUI Course - Block 3

This course is the third part of four courses which are required to obtain the CBAFF UUI course certificate. During this course attendees will learn about the structure, functions and use of the New Zealand Customs Tariff and the classification of goods.

Block Three Outline:

  • The structure and divisions of the NZ Customs Tariff
  • The nature and function of the goods to be classified
  • Legal notes and their applicability to the goods
  • General rules of interpretation
  • Apply rules of interpretation to goods
  • Determine the applicability of all the tariff headings, items and statistical keys relevant to the goods
  • Analyse all relevant information, including explanatory notes, assess the possible options and make an opinion on classification of the goods
  • Legal reasoning behind the classification opinion

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CBAFF Customs UUI Course - Block 4

This course is the final part of the four courses which are required to obtain the CBAFF UUI course certificate. This final workshop includes a practical session where students will complete customs entries to bring together the theory they have learnt throughout the course.

Block Four Outline:

  • Concessions applicable to private and commercial imported goods
  • Import and Export documentation and calculate revenue payable on imported goods
  • Refunds of duty pertaining to goods imported
  • Drawbacks of duty pertaining to goods exported
  • Customs Rulings, the Customs Appeal Authority
  • Intellectual Property and Trade Remedies
  • Joint Border Management System (JBMS) overview
  • Trade Single Window (TSW), including user registration, submitting lodgements and maintaining competency

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PLEASE NOTE: Successful completion of CBAFF UUI courses and passing the exam, is not a guarantee of the issuance of a UUI by NZ Customs - it is one component of NZ Customs' criteria. NZ Customs will not issue a UUI to persons not actively engaged in the industry as the lodgement of Customs entries require linking users to an employer and clients.

 

CBAFF UUI Course - Examination

To obtain a CBAFF Customs UUI Course Certificate you are required to:

  • Attend all four CBAFF Course UUI Blocks
  • Complete practical assignments between course blocks
  • Pass a final examination (80% pass mark as determined by NZ Customs)
  • Have completed all payments

PLEASE NOTE: This is a closed book examination. As NZ Customs entries require a good command of the English language, there is not an option to complete the final examination in Te Reo Maori.

  • Exam Type: Closed book
  • Exam Duration: approximately 3 hours
  • Examinations start promptly. It is essential that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to advertised start time. If you arrive once the examination has started you will not be able to enter.

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Export Declarant Course - Module 1 and 2

The CBAFF Export Declarant Course is designed for people who wish to become registered users of the Joint Border Management Systems (JBMS) and obtain a Unique User Identifier (UUI) for export entries only, in accordance with NZ Customs Service regulations. To obtain the CBAFF Export Declarant Certificate, students are required to complete each of the two modules (in order) and attain an 80% or higher pass rate in the closed book examination at the end of the course.

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Export Declarant Examination

  • Exam Type:  Closed book
  • Exam Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Examinations start promptly. It is essential that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to advertised start time. If you arrive once the examination has started you will not be able to enter.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a closed book examination. As NZ Customs entries require a good command of the English language, there is not an option to complete the final examination in Te Reo Maori.

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CBAFF Advanced Customs Tariff Classification - Apparel & Footwear

An in-depth look at the classification of apparel and footwear. This course is specifically designed for customs staff with a basic or intermediate level of experience in tariff classification.

Course Outline:

  • Methods to accurately classify goods in Chapters 61, 62 and 64 including Classification of babies and children's sizes
  • Trademarks
  • Valuation
  • Concessions
  • Customs Appeal

This course will include both theory and practical exercises

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CBAFF Advanced Customs Tariff Classification - Chemicals

This course covers methods to accurately classify difficult goods, easily decipher specification sheets, interpret and satisfy your client needs and minimise the risk of legal penalties. This course is specifically designed for customs staff with a basic or intermediate level of experience in tariff classification.

Course Outline:

  • Products of Chemicals and Allied industries
  • Section VI - summary
  • Chapters 28-38 - details
  • Exercise

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CBAFF Advanced Customs Tariff Classification - Machinery

Covers methods to accurately classify difficult goods, easily decipher specification sheets, clearly interpret and satisfy your client needs and minimise the risk of legal penalties. Specifically designed for customs staff with basic or intermediate level of experience in tariff classification.

Course Outline:

  • Machinery and Mechanical Appliances
  • Section XVI - summary
  • Parts
  • Accessories
  • Chapter 84 - summary
  • Chapter 85 - summary

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CBAFF Advanced Customs Tariff Classification - Textiles

Covers methods to accurately classify difficult goods, easily decipher specification sheets, clearly interpret and satisfy your client needs and minimise the risk of legal penalties. Specially designed for customs staff with a basic or intermediate level of experience in tariff classification.

Course Outline:

  • Textiles and Textile Articles
  • Section XI - summary
  • Chapters 50-53 - details
  • Exercises

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