Import Cargo Transport Optimization for the Building & Construction Materials ? Cargo Transport Solutions from Supply to Site…
FREIGHT INDUSTRY LEADER – OVER 10 YEARS EXPERIENCE PARTNERING WITH BUILDERS , IMPORTERS , INSTALLERS , WHOLESALERS , PROJECT MANAGERS
taking an active approach with construction project imports specifically those containing curtain wall , aluminium windows and doors to avoid any potential customs hold ups with Asbestos examination issues and compliance documentation.
This initiative is a risk management strategy by One Global Logistics for Construction Companies – for further information please liaise with Ms. Dianne King at OGL Melbourne.
key discussion points…
- The Client should request from all overseas suppliers the process of how goods are made prior to first shipments departing the country of origin – 4-6 weeks prior to the first shipments( We can assist with the preparation if needed , arranged by appointment as below).
The nature and level of information within the supporting documentation may provide adequate assurance depending on the risk of the goods containing asbestos. Several types of documentation may be necessary to demonstrate sufficient level of assurance. A non-exhaustive list of examples of supporting documentation is provided below:
Declarations from importers and/or suppliers which state that the goods have nil asbestos
Documentation outlining the level of assurances taken throughout the supply chain
Invoices demonstrating the supplier of the goods Information about the supply chain and possible quality assurance process in place – Illustrative Descriptive Material and manufacturing material listed
along with the Test certificate or laboratory report if necessary Material Safety Data sheets for haz cargo.
- Testing prior to shipping goods can be accepted provided that :
Importers, who wish to have their goods tested in Australia, prior to the importation, must first seek
permission from the Minister of Employment to import sample for analysis purpose, through the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA). Once the permission has been granted, importers must then organise sampling and testing. The samples must be from the actual shipment to be imported. The testing must be undertaken by an Australian testing laboratory that is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). Details of NATA accredited laboratories in Australia are available at www.nata.com.au.
Where the testing is carried out overseas, prior to shipping to Australia, the certification must be from an overseas testing laboratory accredited by the NATA equivalent testing authority in that overseas economy. The local testing authority must be a signatory to a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) with NATA. The testing report must contain adequate information to be able to demonstrate assurance at the border. This includes:
- the test method used
- the date and origin of the sample
- description of the sample (and sub-sample if applicable) including weight, size and colour
- whether fibres are detected under Polarised Light Microscopy / Dispersion Staining method (PLM/DS) at the detection limit, and if so what type of fibre
- if mineral fibres of an unknown type are identified, the confirming technique used to assess asbestos content
- name of the analyst.
If asbestos or ACM is detected at the border
If asbestos or ACM is detected, the goods are seized as prohibited imports and will be forfeited to the Crown.
Re-export will not be permitted. If unauthorised asbestos is found to have entered Australia, the importer of
the goods may be subject to penalties and/or prosecution for offences against the Act, in addition to other
available offences under State or Territory law.
Shipments from overseas suppliers who have been identified as sending asbestos or ACM to Australia will
be targeted for intervention at the border. Goods that have previously been imported from these suppliers
will also be identified and referred to state and territory work health and safety regulators for further
investigation. As a member of the World Customs Organization, the ABF takes part in the exchange of
information and intelligence with other customs administrations regarding the movement of various controlled
Border offences relating to asbestos attract fines of up to $180,000 or three times the value of the goods,
whichever is the greater, in accordance with the Act. For a body corporate the same border offence attracts
a higher penalty of up to $900,000 or five times the amount applied to an individual, whichever is greater, in
accordance with the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth).
Author : Dianne King , licensed customs broker and industry leader.