Australia has recently introduced new requirements which require
an importer to certify that their product does not contain
Australia is one of the few countries in the world that has an
absolute ban on asbestos. While many countries permit products that
contain low levels of asbestos and, as such, can be labelled as
'asbestos free', this is not the case in Australia.
Although the asbestos ban has been in place in Australia for
over 10 years, it is now being strictly enforced by the Australian
Border Force due to the increasing number of imported products
identified as containing asbestos.
In addition, the Australian Border Force are specifically
inspecting 'high risk' products, such as building products,
electrical items and mechanical devices from countries such as
China. The Australian Border Force are also targeting shipments
from suppliers who have been previously been identified as sending
asbestos containing products to Australia.
What happens if a shipment product is targeted?
If the Australian Border Force suspects that a product contains
asbestos, they will impound it until the importer certifies that it
does not contain asbestos. Australian Border Force may also require
the importer to provide results from an accredited laboratory
certifying that their product does not contain asbestos.
If the product contains asbestos or if the importer is found to
have falsely stated that it did not contain asbestos, then the
importer has committed a criminal offence which is punishable with
a maximum fine of over US$100,000. The product will also be
confiscated and subsequently destroyed by the Australian Border
How to prevent your shipment from being targeted?
Importers must have documentation to support their certification
that their product does not contain asbestos. In respect of
"high risk" products, importers should also consider
obtaining certification from an accredited laboratory stating that
their product does not contain asbestos.
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