NNF 2019/189 - ABF Asbestos Position

NNF 2019/189 - ABF Asbestos Position

 

At the recent bilateral meeting in Canberra with the Australian Border Force (ABF), the CBFCA raised concern about what level of evidence is required from importers relative to their declaration responsibilities towards goods containing asbestos.

CBFCA suggested a signed statement from the importer should be acceptable and should extinguish any broker liability around the provision of false or misleading information.

 

Below is the ABF response on this issue raised.

  • The ABF undertakes a holistic assessment where due diligence and reasonable process applies.
  • The ABF does not publicly disclose information on profiled goods.
  • The ABF website asbestos information page clearly lists recommended measures that the owners of goods can undertake to address the risk of asbestos in imported goods.
  • Notice 2017/21 clearly articulates the obligations of the goods’ owner, as well as Brokers, with respect to Assurances that imported goods do not contain asbestos.
  • Brokers are advised to regularly familiarise themselves with the asbestos information page and 2017/21 Notice to assist with ensuring their clientele’s compliance with the asbestos border control. The asbestos information page is updated from time to time.