Asbestos – not just in car parts

In a post on June 7, 2016  I alerted readers to a case where imported, counterfeit, car parts were found to contain asbestos.  Asbestos is a prohibited import and export and requires special permission from the Australian Government for anyone wishing to deal in this deadly product.

When processing import declarations on behalf of importers, Customs brokers are required to answer a series of community protection questions designed to filter out items that might contain asbestos.  The Australian Border Force (“ABF”) have expanded the range of tariff classifications to which questions relating to asbestos content are linked.  In recent discussions between the ABF and the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (“CBFCA”), the ABF re-iterated their position when it comes to asbestos.

In a nutshell, the OWNER of the goods must be CERTAIN that the goods do not container ANY asbestos.  How can an owner be certain?  By having the goods tested by a testing authority recognised by the National Association of Testing Authorities (“NATA”) in Australia (for goods intended for export) or by a testing authority recognised by an overseas body of similar standing to NATA.  Further information about testing authorities can be found on the NATA website.

There is also a wealth of information on the ABF website here, which includes a list of those items considered high risk of containing asbestos.

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