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Prohibited Importation of Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Material (ACM)

  Freight On Board International Services Pty Ltd
  15th September 2016
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Dear Valued Client,

Since December 2003 legislation has been in place prohibiting the importation of Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) into Australia.

In light of recent circumstances where shipments of goods containing asbestos have been detected by The Department of Immigration and Border Protection, amendments to this legislation have been introduced requiring due diligence to be exercised by importers, exporters and Customs Brokers.

As a result it will now be the responsibility of all importers to ensure that the goods being imported by them do not contain asbestos or ACM.

As outlined in the attached Department of Immigration and Border Protection Notice (2016/30), before goods are imported into Australia importers will need to confirm with their overseas suppliers that asbestos was not used in the manufacture of their goods.

Importers are encouraged to pass this information onto their suppliers and seek the required assurances.

Also attached is a non-exhaustive list of ‘high risk’ goods that could potentially be made from Asbestos or ACM.

Whilst the goods that you import may not be on the ‘high risk’ list and may not pose any risk at all it is incumbent upon you as the importer to seek assurances in writing from your suppliers that the goods do not contain asbestos. If your products are on the ‘high risk’ list or considered to be related to those listed it is advisable to have samples tested by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) approved laboratory.

Should you have any queries or concerns in relation to this important matter please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff members.


Asbestos Declaration Form Asbestos Declaration Form (12 KB)

Goods that might contain Asbestos Goods that might contain Asbestos (176 KB)



Yours Sincerely,

Freight On Board International Services Pty Ltd

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