Exporting your vehicle to Australia?

Australia has had a total ban on asbestos since 2003 and as such if you plan on exporting a car to Australia it is your responsibility to make sure any asbestos parts have been removed prior to exportation. Failing to do is considered a serious offence and may result in penalties or prosecution, not to mention delays at the border.

Any used or second-hand car being imported into Australia must be accompanied with an ‘Asbestos Declaration’. If your car was manufactured prior to 2000 it is considered at risk for asbestos and you will be required to provide sufficient assurance that the vehicle, including all parts and components, does not contain asbestos. Contact us today for pre-export asbestos testing in vehicles.

How do I obtain assurance?

The Australian Border Force (ABF) will accept a clearance certificate with accompanying laboratory results from an Asbestos Professional as sufficient assurance that there is no asbestos content.

Please note, as stated by the ABF “a ‘face value’ letter from the supplier, or the supplier’s mechanic, merely stating there is no asbestos content is unlikely to provide sufficient assurance.” For further information from ABF click here.

For asbestos testing and required exportation documents, please contact our experienced team.

Experts in pre-export asbestos testing

Our Asbestos team at Thomas Consultants are experienced in pre-export asbestos testing for second-hand vehicles and are able to:

  • Visit your property to conduct a thorough assessment of your vehicle
  • Take samples and send to them to an IANZ/ NATA/MRA accredited laboratory for assessment
  • Provide a clearance certificate (along with accompanying laboratory results documentation) confirming the vehicle does not contain asbestos as required by Australian Border Force.

Please Note: if your vehicle is found to have asbestos in any parts or components, we can recommend removalists to assist you with this process. Following removal, we are then able to retest the vehicle and issue with you with the clearance certificate. Contact us today to get the process started.

What cars are typically at risk?

While it’s possible asbestos could be in any motor vehicle manufactured prior to 2000, it has been more commonly found in classic and vintage cars (generally more than 40 years old) including:

  • Ford Mustangs
  • Rolls-Royces
  • Bentleys
  • Jaguars
  • Chevrolets.

For asbestos testing on your classic car please contact us.

Where is asbestos in cars usually found?

Generally speaking, the more common locations asbestos is found in older cars are:

  • Brake pads
  • Seals
  • Clutch linings
  • Gaskets
  • Firewalls
  • Bonnet Liners.

Let us help you export your classic car to Australia!
Contact our team to arrange certified pre-export asbestos testing.