Originally Posted by divotandtralee
Government agencies usually respond to folks who play by their rules and who are aware of the rules and who don't blindly or through ignorance try to bluff their way around the rules. The agents appreciate importers who are informed and respect the rules. The point of importers making a claim there is nothing that breaks the rules on a bluff gets trashed the minute the agent asks a pertinent dummy no brainer question like "are the brake pads still in the car?" If you say YES... you are in for a world of hurt because that is a slam dunk no-no.
My strategy would be to go through the list of items on their website and have a written response for EACH one. This is something that an agent would look kindly on. Example -- Brake pads-Removed
... Bonnet pad---- Removed...Head gasket, exhaust gaskets, all down the list and so forth. Each one has to be noted. I'd risk the engine gaskets as they are pretty much ENCAPSULATED Using that term is the jargon of anyone who does asbestos abatement. I would go so far as the have the undercoating analyzed by a lab ..CHEAP.. and quick.. If it has asbestos you can possibly ENCAPSULATE it with a coat of primer and show it to be an acceptable method in the abatement industry. In the end I think your efforts will be rewarded.. Without the effort you are red meat to the lions in the agency. Just my 2 cents. BTW Gov't agents only go by the rules but they are all cut out of the same cloth regardless of what country. There sure doesn't leave any room for ANY asbestos though.
I found this particularly dire... The act of applying for import permission is not a guarantee that it will be granted. Owners must not ship
vehicles until they have received the import permission in writing. A copy of the permission must be
produced to the ABF at the point of importation.
The owner of the vehicle intended for importation into Australia needs to undertake appropriate checks to
ensure that the vehicle is not fitted with parts or components which contain asbestos. This will facilitate
compliance with border requirements and help prevent delays or costs associated with intervention by the
More information with respect to the asbestos border control and border processes is located on the
Bottom line I'd be nervous.
What a great reply. You must be a fast typist to boot!
Can you please explain the “undercoating” re asbestos.
My car was assessed by the shipping agent. It was shipped with out brake pads. I wanted to fit fresh pads but they needed a certificate regarding asbestos content, so it was easier to ship with them removed.
I had already removed a heat shield on a trip a few months before shipping.
I put all my faith in the shipping agent as they do this daily. I did grit my teeth, and yes I was NERVOUS.
It arrived, sailed through customs so fast that I was not expecting it for a few days. I asked if we could delay for a few days till I’m rostered off. The shipping agent agent said, “ you don’t want to pay storage for two or three days-trust me”.
The Alfa was delivered by an excellent tow truck driver who helped my dad (I was at work) position the car in my garage. Remember, it was not drivable at this point.
It was painless in the end and the car did not have a mark on it apart from a few cat prints (it sat in the indoor LA depot for 3 weeks)