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.
As below, we’ve received confirmation that there is new law in place which allows motor vehicle importers to import 1 consignment of up to 5 vehicles every 2 years without having to get the air conditioning degassed prior to export or needing to obtain a Gas Licence if the degassing wasn’t done…
From 15 November 2014, an Ozone Depleting Substances (ODG) or Synthetic Greenhouse Gases (SGG) equipment licence is not required if there are no more than 5 pieces of equipment containing less than 10 kg in total of HCFC, HFC, PFC, or SF6 in a single consignment. The low volume licensing exemption can only be used once in a two year period. For further information go to: http://www.environment.gov.au/protection/ozone/licences or email email@example.com.
Car prices could tumble as government considers industry upheaval
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Vehicle import regulations could be streamlined
Australian design rules could be sidelined
Car prices may drop by 25 per cent
Used vehicle values tipped to crash
New and used cars could become significantly cheaper under a range of proposals put forward by a government white paper regarding Australian Standards.
A study prepared by the Department of Infrastructure says the price of a new Mercedes-Benz could drop by up to $25,000 if buyers were allowed to source cars directly from manufacturers, and import near-new models from countries that meet Australian regulations.
Luxury cars such as the Mercedes-Benz C-CLass could become much cheaper under proposed changes to the car industry.
The report also recommends that Australian Design Rules are relaxed, as making vehicles comply with local rules costs an average of $229 per vehicle, while vehicles imported under the registered automotive workshop scheme cost an average of $1988 to convert to Australian regulations.
It also canvasses the possibility of bypassing car dealers by allowing customers to purchase cars online and have them delivered to their doorstep. It’s a model that Subaru and Mercedes-Benz have toyed with in Australia, and one that Tesla has employed successfully in North America.
The paper says the Abbott Government would need to consider the proposal’s potential effect on safety, emissions and consumer protection.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure, Jamie Briggs, says the discussion paper is only the first step to reviewing legislation that may have passed its use-by date.
“No decision has been taken by the Australian Government to reduce these restrictions and we have no intention to allow Australia to become the dumping ground for other countries’ second-hand lemons,”
“Any potential changes to the Act will be comprehensively examined in close consultation with stakeholders, and I strongly encourage interested parties to put forward their views.”
The Government is open to consultation until October 13. It has taken on board some recent recommendations put forward by the productivity commission.
The Federal Government should not fund the Australian new-car manufacturing industry, once existing assistance schemes expire.
That’s the finding from a Productivity Commission report released this week, which says the industry is undergoing “significant change”.
The report validates the decision by Ford, Holden and Toyota to cease building new cars in Australia, saying the three are unable to compete in the current economic climate.
The $30 billion of Federal Government investment into the local car industry between 1997 and 2012 has “forestalled, but not prevented” the inevitable – that the days of building local cars were always going to end.
While some component manufacturers will be left behind once the major carmakers pull the pin, the report warns that policy supporting industry-specific assistance is “weak”, with the costs outweighing the benefits.
The report adds the Automotive Transformation Scheme should be closed once the three remaining players exit from local manufacturing.
“Component manufacturing firms are currently set to receive over $300 million in industry-specific assistance between 2014 and 2017,” the report says.
“There are both efficiency and industry equity arguments against extending assistance beyond that already committed, or introducing new assistance programs that would advantage component manufacturers ahead of other firms that face adjustment pressures.”
The Commission estimates up to 40,000 people could lose their current jobs as a result of the changes, but believed the losses would be staggered between now and the end of 2017.
Government assistance to such people should be targeted, the report said, particularly to older workers, low-skilled workers and those who struggle with English.
The report concluded that the luxury car tax should be scrapped, along with current import duties.
Australia’s Automotive Manufacturing Industry
The final report into Australia’s Automotive Manufacturing Industry has been released by the Australian Government.
The Commission wishes to thank all those who participated in the inquiry.
The report is available for free download and printed copies of the report can be purchased from our publications agent, Canprint Communications, see our website for further details.
A modelling supplement to the inquiry report has also been released. This publication, Economywide Modelling of Automotive Industry Change, is available for free download from the Commission’s website.
Visit our website to:
• View the final report
• View submissions and public hearing transcripts
Australia’s Automotive Manufacturing Industry | Productivity Commission
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/automotive
Carole Gardner (administrative matters): 03 9653 2194 | Andrew Barker (other matters): 03 9653 2170
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