ASBESTOS PARTS ON IMPORTED MOTOR VEHICLES INTO AUSTRALIA PROHIBITED
ASBESTOS PARTS ON IMPORTED MOTOR VEHICLES INTO AUSTRALIA
Any used vehicle imported into Australia must be free of asbestos and below is a link regarding these measures imposes by Australian Customs. Australia did in fact sign this Zero Tolerance Asbestos agreement in 2003 but only now being enforced.
As of Monday, 6th March 2017, and without prior notification, the Australian Border Force (ABF) have implemented a new community protection question when lodging import declarations for all motor vehicle tariff codes as follows:
Do the goods contain asbestos ?
This may relate to brake linings, clutch linings, brake disc pads, gaskets, seals or any other parts of the vehicle
Licensed Customs Brokers are required to exercise due diligence in obtaining assurance from importers that the goods do not contain asbestos prior to answering the question. False declarations may lead to penalties being imposed and mandatory testing with those costs.
The majority of Motor Vehicle manufacturers worldwide prohibited the use of Asbestos components in vehicles from the late 1990’s so vehicles after this year will comply.
As the importer, it is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is not fitted with Asbestos components. If unsure check with your local workshop/mechanic or supplier and a statement from them as supporting evidence if required. If unsure would recommend replacing these parts and require a statement / invoice from that workshop/mechanic or supplier. Also attached is the Asbestos Declaration that needs your signature stating No Asbestos components in this motor vehicle being imported into Australia.