On 8 September 2016 the Australian Border Force released Notice 2016/30 which will have a wide reaching impact on many importers. A copy of the Notice is attached to this newsflash.
Effective immediately, customs brokers are required to make a declaration in relation to a large number of tariff classifications confirming that goods being imported under these classifications do not contain asbestos. It is likely that this will in fact be the case, however in order for the broker to answer "no" to this question, suitable due diligence needs to be carried out and importers / suppliers will need to provide assurances that the imported goods do not contain asbestos. This may be as simple as providing an email confirmation in some cases and in others, it may require testing and confirmation from a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) recognised body.
We will endeavour to provide as much guidance as possible in this regard and we anticipate that we will need to assess the impact on a consignment-by-consignment basis.
In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns in relation to the matter please contact us on 02 9525 9500 and we are happy to discuss your client's specific requirements under the new provisions in further detail.