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Dear Clients,

Transways Logistics International has received industry communication in relation to Asbestos recently, please read the below carefully to ensure that you are up to date with all matters relating to asbestos.

As many of you would be aware, asbestos is prohibited in goods imported into Australia, however some products are still being fabricated overseas with the inclusion of asbestos. Australian Border Force police the prohibited imports Act rigidly and goods that are imported into Australia must be 100% free from asbestos.

Australian Border Force expect all importers to have conducted due diligence on the goods they import to ensure they are 100% free from asbestos. Due diligence can take a number of forms but essentially all importers must be able to demonstrate to Australian Border Force that their goods are free from asbestos. Please be aware that a declaration from your supplier that the goods you are importing are free from asbestos is not considered sufficient to satisfy Customs that you have undertaken due diligence. If you cannot provide sufficient evidence then your goods will require sampling and testing in Australia at your expense. Should your goods be found to contain asbestos then considerable infringements will apply.

As part of this process, Transways Logistics International will be sending our revised Asbestos declarations to all importers. We ask that once you receive, please assist to complete these and return in a timely manner, to your local Transways office.

Countries where goods containing asbestos have been detected include;

  • China
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam

Please note this list represents country of shipment and not necessarily the country of manufacture. Importers must be aware of their supply chain including the origin and manufacturing of parts and components.

Goods that have been found to contain asbestos when imported into Australia include;

The following goods are considered a risk for containing asbestos:

  • Asbestos bitumen products used to damp proof
  • Asbestos rope
  • Asbestos tape
  • Brake linings or blocks
  • Cement flat sheeting or panels
  • Cement pipes, tubes or fittings
  • Cement shingles or tiles (external or ceiling)
  • Clutch linings or brake disc pads
  • Crayons
  • Diaphragms
  • Ducts
  • Electrical cloth and tapes
  • Electrical panel partitioning
  • Fire blankets
  • Fire curtains
  • Fire resistant building materials
  • Friction materials for, or within, internal combustion and electric motor vehicles (for example, clutch linings, brake pads and shoes and gaskets)
  • Furnaces
  • Gas masks
  • Gaskets or seals
  • Gloves
  • Heat resistant sealing or caulking compounds
  • Heating equipment
  • Lagging and jointing materials
  • Mastics, sealants, putties or adhesives
  • Mineral samples for display or therapeutic purposes
  • Mixtures containing phenol formaldehyde resin or cresylic formaldehyde resin
  • Nut Plug products used for drilling fluids
  • Pipe spools
  • Portable acetylene cylinders
  • Products containing certain types of talc
  • Raw materials from mining activities
  • Sheet vinyl backing
  • Sheeting
  • Textured paints or coatings
  • Tiles
  • Yarn and thread, cords and string, whether or not plaited

The above list’s are non-exhaustive and should be used as a guide only.

Kind regards,

Dion Williamson
NSW Branch Manager


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