Get your UUI to become a Customs Broker
UUI Courses – Getting your Unique User ID (UUI)
- What is a customs broker?
A Customs/Freight Broker advises on and arranges the movement of goods both nationally and internationally. Their main role is the ‘clearing’ of goods through customs barriers for importers and exporters (usually businesses). This involves the preparation of documents and/or electronic submissions, the calculation and payment of taxes, duties and excises, and facilitating communication between government authorities and importers and exporters. Custom brokers may be employed by or affiliated with freight forwarders, independent businesses, or shipping lines, importers, exporters, trade authorities, and customs brokerage firms.
- Customs/freight brokers need to have:
- knowledge of customs regulations and procedures knowledge of carriage of goods laws, including dangerous goods regulations
- knowledge of transport systems knowledge of methods of packing and stowing goods
- knowledge of international laws and standards regarding the transport of goods such as those set down by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
- knowledge of shipping terms and United Nations port codes.
- Customs/freight brokers need to be:
- accurate and well organized
- inquiring and willing to learn while they are working
- able to work well under pressure and make decisions quickly
- good communicators and able to gain people’s trust and keep information private.
If you would like to learn more about what it takes to be a Customs Broker, click through to the Careers NZ Website.
CBAFF UUI Course
The CBAFF UUI Course is designed for people who wish to become users of the Joint Border Management Systems (JBMS) and obtain a Unique User Identifier (UUI), in accordance with NZ Customs Service regulations.
To obtain the CBAFF UUI Course Certificate, students are required to complete each of the four blocks (in order), complete practical assessments between course blocks and attain an 80% or higher pass rate in the closed book examination at the end of the course.
The CBAFF UUI Course is available in two formats:
- Register for each Block separately - each Block takes 2 or 3 days to complete over the course of a couple of months with an examination at the completion of all Blocks.
- CBAFF Customs UUI Training Course - 1 day per week over the course of 9 weeks
- UUI Course - Block One
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. At the end of the course participants will have a better understanding of the industry and be in a position to further their own potential for benefit of themselves and their individual organizations.
Participants will also be able to:
- Describe the role of a Customs Broker and Standards of behavior.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Customs legislation, regulations and rules that impact on the role of a Customs Broker in relation to Customs control of goods and Customs Controlled Areas.
- List examples of why Customs would inspect goods or audit shipping documents.
- List the legal requirements for making a Customs entry, and when an entry is deemed to have been passed.
- List the range of goods exempt from Customs Entry, both import and export. Also identify where is this covered in legislation.
- Describe the information and documents that are required to complete a goods entry.
- Explain the reasons why Customs may require access to records and the need for clients to retain business records for Customs purposes.
- Describe all types of goods entries and the circumstances each are used including – import, simplified, sight, permit, personal effects clearance, export, drawback, ECI, temporary, excise and periodic.
- Identify goods or classes of goods to which Import and Export restrictions and prohibitions apply.
- Describe the objectives of administrative penalties, the circumstances in which they are charged, and the amounts of penalty.
- List the exemptions from administrative penalties, and the appeal provisions for dissatisfaction with Customs’ decisions to apply administrative penalties.
- Describe the process for registration of clients as users of the Customs computerized entry processing system.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Biosecurity controls and legislation relating to quarantine security and movement of uncleared goods.
- Explain Biosecurity entry standards for imported goods and conveyances.
- Identify documentation relating Biosecurity requirements.
- UUI Course - Block Two
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 about Customs Value and how to determine the correct values for imported goods, Preferential Tariff rates of Duty and Rules of Origin, relevant Customs legislation and Trade Agreements.
At the end of the course participants should have a good understanding of Customs Valuation, Origin and Preference and will be able to –
- Demonstrate knowledge of the valuation of goods for Customs purposes.
- Understand INCO-Terms 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.
- Define Valuation in terms of the Customs and Excise Act 1996.
- State the methods of valuation used in New Zealand.
- Demonstrate practical application of Clauses 2 and 3 of the Second Schedule to the Customs and Excise Act 1996 and calculate revenue payable on imported goods.
- Identify the different categories of duties including import, dumping, excise and goods and service tax.
- Explain the principles of GST legislation in relation to Customs and import and export entries.
- Identify types of duty rates in the Tariff and explain application of preferential tariff rates.
- Identify which countries have preferential trade agreements with New Zealand.
- Understand different rules of origin.
- Locate and identify relevant sections of the Customs and Excise Act and Regulations which deal with Origin and Preference.
- UUI Course - Block Three
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.
At the end of the course participants will have a better understanding of the industry and be in a position o further develop their own potential for the benefit of themselves and their individual organizations and be able to –
- Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and divisions of the NZ Customs Tariff.
- Identify the nature and function of the goods to be classified;
- Locate all relevant legal notes, and determine their applicability to the goods;
- Explain the general rules of interpretation;
- Apply and determine the applicability of the rules of interpretation to the goods;
- Locate and determine the applicability of all the tariff headings, items and statistical keys relevant to the goods;
- Analyze all relevant information, including explanatory notes, assess the possible options and make an opinion on classification of the goods;
- State and report the legal reasoning behind the classification opinion, in a logical manner.
- UUI Course - Block Four
This course is the FINAL PART of the 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 including NZ Customs Service, import/export procedures and border biosecurity.
At the end of the course participants will have a better understanding of the industry and be in a position to further develop their own potential for the benefit of themselves and their individual organizations and will be able to –
- Demonstrate knowledge of concessions applicable to private and commercial imported goods.
- Process Import and Export documentation and calculate revenue payable on imported goods.
- Demonstrate applied knowledge of refunds of duty pertaining to goods imported.
- Demonstrate applied knowledge of drawbacks of duty pertaining to goods exported.
- Explain the purpose of Customs Rulings, the Customs Appeal Authority.
- Explain the purpose of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Economic Development) including Intellectual Property and Trade Remedies.
- Joint Border Management System (JBMS) overview.
- Express Personal Effects.
- UUI Course - Examination
Exam Type: Closed book
Exam Duration: approximately 3 hours
Exam Pass Mark: 80%
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.
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.
These courses are designed to equip people with the competencies to pass the examinations. They’re not compulsory, but it is highly recommended that applicants attend unless they are fully confident in their ability to achieve the pass mark.
These courses are run by Independent Verification Services (IVS) through its training relationship with CBAFF.
To find out when the next course is being run, pricing information and to register click here >
PLEASE NOTE: Successful completion of CBAFF training courses and passing the associated assessments and exams 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.
Once you have completed and passed the CBAFF UUI Course you will need to contact NZ Customs to become users of the Joint Border Management Systems (JBMS) and obtain a Unique User Identifier (UUI), in accordance with NZ Customs Service regulations.
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