The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has announced new rules relating to the import of motor vehicles when it comes to asbestos.
Asbestos is one of the many items strictly prohibited from import by the Australian Government, who deem the substance a threat to the country's biosecurity.
While the majority of newly manufactured cars should be completely free from the matter, asbestos can lurk in the brake pads, clutch pads and gaskets of older vehicles.
It will now be the sole responsibility of the vehicle's owner to make sure their import has had the necessary checks for asbestos and that any components found to contain it are completely replaced. Evidence must then be provided to your import broker and Australian Border Force officials that the checks have been made and any changes have taken place.
Failure to comply with this will result in a lengthy delay in releasing the vehicle, as well as heavy fines.
For more information on importing vehicles to Australia, check the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website.
More information about what you can and can't import to Australia can be found in our blog post, Importing Household Goods to Australia: Quarantine Examinations and Customs Clearance.