AUSTRALIAN BORDER FORCE ( CUSTOMS ) INCREASED DOCUMENT SURVEILLANCE – ASBESTOS
BR International wish to inform you that the Australian Border Force ( ABF, formerly known as “Customs” ), have recently stepped up their surveillance of import documentation in an effort to eliminate the importation of products containing asbestos. A wide range of products potentially capable of containing asbestos are now being profiled by the ABF which could create clearance delays. This increased profiling is being carried out via the “Redline” function. This means that imported goods entered under categories deemed “high risk” by the ABF will be subjected to redline processing and importers may be asked for evidence demonstrating that the relevant goods do not contain asbestos.
Please be aware that it is the responsibility of importers to ensure they do not import prohibited goods, such as asbestos. It is critical that importers comply with the regulations and ensure that goods they are purchasing do not contain any level of asbestos.
Importers should ensure their supply chain security by confirming that asbestos was not used to manufacture the goods. This may involve importers arranging sampling and testing for asbestos content prior to shipping the goods to Australia, and undertake regular risk assessments and quality assurance processes. Such testing may only be carried out by a testing laboratory that is accredited by a NATA ( National Association of testing Authorities ( NATA ) recognised equivalent authority.
BR International are running checks on our importing clients and will soon be in contact with clients where we feel further action may be required in order to avoid potential delays.
Feel free to contact your Customs representative should you have further queries in relation to this matter.
Keeping you updated,
BRi Customs Department
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