Asbestos Testing AndCleaning While Importing Cars – Things You Should Know

If you are planning to import a car to Australia, you have to consider a lot of things, including choosing the car in the first place, and then shipping it to Australia, getting it cleared from the Customs, the requirements of permits and other paperwork, quarantine cleaning and more.

But now there is one more thing to consider – asbestos cleaning!

Notice by the Australian Border Force

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has issued a notice reminding car enthusiasts as well as people who import cars and their parts that Australia will have zero tolerance for asbestos. Not only cars but any product with any level of asbestos, irrespective of age, is banned from import to or use in Australia.

Thus, it is the duty of importers to make sure that their imported goods don’t contain asbestos.

Importers should obtain adequate information, before shipment, if they are unsure of any asbestos content or parts accompanying the primary item of import are a risk or if asbestos existed at any point in the process of supply.

If adequate assurance is not provided by the information presented, the ABF will need importers to conduct testing as well as certification in Australia.

Only certification from a NATA accredited laboratory will be accepted by the ABF to conduct asbestos testing in Australia that guarantees that asbestos was not found.

Discovery of Asbestos in Gaskets and Brake Pads

Lately, the ABF has discovered asbestos in a lot of motor vehicles and their parts, including gaskets and brake pads. Recent findings include a 1981 Chevrolet Corvette (water pump, gasket and brake pads), a 1963 Ford Falcon (gasket) and the brake pads of an electric scooter, golf buggies, a 1971 Mazda RX-2 and a 1954 BAS Bantam motorcycle.

It makes no difference how old the car is or what kind it is – if it’s suspected to contain asbestos, they will request assurances from the importer to make sure that it doesn’t. So, if you have already imported a car, contact Dazmac for cleaning & testing asbestos in old cars.

In many countries, there are only a few or no restrictions on the usage and supply of asbestos. In some countries, local standards may even categorise goods as “asbestos-free” when actually low quantities of asbestos are present.

Unknowing Import of Asbestos-containing Goods

Several items containing asbestos can be ordered online and will usually claim to be “asbestos-free”, even if they actually contain asbestos. Because of this, asbestos can be unknowingly and unintentionally imported to Australia, in new products too.

Objectives of ABF

The ban on asbestos and activities related to it are not meant for imposing undue inconvenience or cost to vehicle importers. Finding, stopping and testing high-risk items are important parts of safeguarding importers and the larger community from the huge dangers of asbestos.

Another objective is also to ensure importers have knowledge of their obligations so that it can be sure that items don’t contain asbestos before reaching Australia.

Items held at the border for asbestos testing can result into delays and considerable costs to importers, including that of storage of goods when testing is performed. The possibility of these unnecessary costs can be reduced by making sure your cars don’t contain asbestos before they arrive in the country.

If you are planning to import a car or part, know about the assurances you require and needs for testing for asbestos here.

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There may be an infrequent older motor vehicle which does contain one or more asbestos parts. In that case, there may an extra cost to check/remove those components either before export or at the time of import at a Section 15A Customs warehouse with the help of licensed mechanics. The arrangements for this can be made if needed at all major Australian ports.

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