How to apply for a Government Customs Broker License in India

Are you searching for information about a career as a customs broker? Need details about the format of the customs broker license exam? This article provides a comprehensive guide on the qualifications and other eligibility requirements to become a customs broker. You will also know about the application process for the customs broker license exam and the license fee to be paid on successfully passing the exam.

Every year, the Directorate General of Performance Management, Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax, conducts an exam for issuance of license to act as a Customs Broker. Only on successfully passing this exam will you be issued with the license.

Before applying to appear for the Customs Brokers exam, though, you need to know some essentials –

Who can be a Customs Broker?

You cannot just appear for the exam to obtain a license to be a Customs Broker. You need to first fulfil the following eligibility criteria:
  1. Nationality: You must be a citizen of India

  2. Academic qualification:
    • You should be a graduate from a recognized University
    • and
    • You should have a professional degree such as Masters or equivalent degree in Accounting, Finance or Management, CA/MBA/LLB/ACMA/FCMA or Diploma in Customs Clearance work from a Government-recognized institute or university or you should have minimum 2 years of experience in transacting Customs Broker work as G-Card holder

    • Note: In case the applicant is a company, the director/partner/ authorised employee who will handle the Customs work should fulfill these academic qualification criterion.

  3. General Health: You should be in sound mental health

  4. Financial Health: You must have financial capability, for which you should be able to show a certificate issued by a Scheduled Bank or any other supporting documentary proof in terms of possession of assets of value of not less than Rs. 5lakh.

  5. Disputes:
    • You should not be involved in any legal dispute that indicates you have not paid / are unable to pay any debts

    • There should be no criminal proceedings against you & you should not have been penalized or convicted for any offence under the 1944 Central Excise Act & the 1994 Finance Act.

  6. Retired persons: You can apply for the license if you are a retired Group A officer from the Indian Customs & Central Excise Services with at least 5 years of experience in Group 'A' service.

Note: All forms are available for download at the official website of the Central Board of Excise and Customs [refer to the link given below for checking the customs brokers licensing regulations.

About the License

Once you have successfully passed both the written and the oral exam, within two months of the date of declaration of the results, the Commissioner of Customs will grant you the licence in Form B, on payment of a fee of Rs.5,000/-.

Once this licence is granted, you will be eligible to work as a Customs Broker in all Customs Stations subject to intimation in Form C to the Commissioner of Customs of the Customs station where you intend to transact business. A copy of this intimation must also be sent to the Commissioner of Customs who has issued the licence in Form B.

Before granting the licence, though, the Commissioner of Customs will instruct you to (a) enter into the bond in Form D and (b) where specified, a surety bond in Form E for due observance of the requisite regulations and (c) furnish a bank guarantee, a postal security or National Saving Certificate in the name of Commissioner of Customs for an amount of Rs.5 lakhs for carrying out the business as Customs Broker.

Note: (i) The fee for renewal of a licence is Rs.5,000/-. (ii) Please be aware of the customs brokers licensing regulations before submitting your application to appear for the exam.(iii) Know the conditions governing validity of the license & its renewal [at same portal given in point (ii)]

How to apply

You need to submit the complete application either personally or by Registered Post / Speed Post (do not send by ordinary post) in Form-A along with the following:
  1. Two passport size photos

  2. Self-attested documents of citizenship (this can be Aadhaar Card / Passport / Voter ID Card). Lost your Aadhaar? Learn how to get a duplicate one

  3. Self-attested documents to support Educational qualification

  4. Self-attested documents to support Financial viability

Where to submit the above: The application and requisite documents should be submitted to the Principal Commissioner / Commissioner of Customs / Customs (Prev.) / Central Tax having jurisdiction over the area where you intend to carry on the business.

Dates to submit: It is generally in October and the window for submission is open for about a month.

Written exam details

The names of the applicants who are eligible to appear for the exam will be displayed on the notice Board and/or official website of the respective Commissionerate generally at the end of November. You can answer the question paper in either English or Hindi.

You will be intimated of the roll number, admit card and exam venue by Registered Post/Speed Post.

Date of written exam: The exam is always scheduled for the month of January.

Time of written exam: The exam is generally held in the morning, for about three hours, usually between 10a.m. to 1p.m.

Successful candidates of the written exam will then be called for an oral exam for which a separate intimation will be sent. Within a maximum period of 7 years from the date of original application, you should pass both written and oral exams to get the license.

Exam format

A few of the topics covered in the exam are mentioned below:
  1. How to prepare various kinds of bills for shipping, export, etc. and what are the requisite documents to be filed for the various bills

  2. Procedure of arrival entry and clearance of vessels

  3. Duty rates, classification of tariff, how to determine the value of goods

  4. Currency conversion

  5. What is the procedure to assess & make payment of Duty

  6. What are the prohibitions on import and export

  7. What are the export promotion schemes including Special Economic Zone scheme & drawbacks of such schemes

  8. Provisions and Offences under various Acts which are relevant to clearance of goods through customs, such as the Central Excise Act, Indian Explosives Act, Drugs and Cosmetics Act, Patents Act, Copy Right Act, Foreign Trade Act, Food Safety and Standard Act, etc.

  9. Procedure on online filing of electronic bills of entry and shipping bills.

Contact information

For information, queries and updates you can:
  • Visit the official website

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  • Visit

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  • Contact the nearest Commissionerate

  • or
  • Contact: The Office of The Directorate General of Performance Management, Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax at Block-D, I.P. Bhawan, I.P. Estate, New Delhi – 110002 / Contact person: Shri. L.K. Maheshawari (Assistant Director) on Ph: 011-23378954.

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Guest Author: vinoth kumar04 May 2018

I completed MCA and I did Professional Diploma in logistics (Indian Institute of logistics) - am I eligible to attend the exam?

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