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Crackdown on Asbestos Essentially Halts Collector Car Exports to Australia

Posted August 09, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Renewed enforcement of Australia’s total ban on asbestos-containing imports has led to enhanced scrutiny of collector cars entering the country and reportedly caused collector car enthusiasts there to stop importing older cars altogether.

Issued last month, the Australian Border Force’s notice No. 2017/21 warns importers that the agency takes a hardline stance on enforcement of the country’s ban on manufacture, use, and importation of asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, enacted December 31, 2003. Specifically, the agency notes that it conducts risk assessment of everything imported into the country, regardless of whether the importer declares to customs that what they’re importing doesn’t contain asbestos, and that importers must know – “back to the point of manufacture” – whether their goods contain asbestos.

The move cripples the flow of classic autos into Australia and hurts a thriving culture down under.

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08/09/2017 10:19 AM

With all of the scary creatures in the land down under, I would think that inhaling material from an asbestos containing head gasket would be an insignificant worry.

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08/09/2017 12:59 PM

Certainly classic car sources of asbestos would pale in comparison to naturally occurring sources.....what about them? ....I smell a rat....or, in this case, a revenue source...

http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/56778/WC01788-0715-297174.pdf

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08/09/2017 7:25 PM

What? I've GOT to be hallucinating!

This just has to be a mistake!

Asbestos only becomes a hazard IF it is inhaled into the lungs over long periods of time, or in very large amounts at one time.

Then it can take as long as 30 years to manifest itself in symptoms.

Never mind, I just realized I'm preaching to the choir.

Still, it's a stupid thing to do absolutely.

I wore heavy asbestos gloves for years, every day at work in my 20's. Smoking created far more problems for me. I'm still active at 70, so there.

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08/10/2017 9:07 AM

Australia is trying to "out Kalifornia Kalifornia". Anything that has any risk associated with it is banned by the government. Wonder when they will ban oxygen since it is such a potent oxidizer and causes corrosion and free radicals within the human body.

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08/10/2017 10:39 AM

There's probably a bill in the state house right now banning it...with a rider giving Nestle the right to bottle it in Sacramento and sell it as Perri-air.

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08/10/2017 10:54 AM

It looks like there is more of a positive here than a negative. Say you have a Lamborghini LP400 or a P 400 already in country and you can't import a second one, then those already there should see a big jump in value within the domestic market.

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08/10/2017 12:46 PM

Oh I'm sure you'll still be able to import the classic cars, they just need an expensive stamp of approval...

That'll be a thousand quid mate...

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08/11/2017 10:45 PM

The ghost of Wittenoom looms in the room with nary a broom to sweep away the gloom for all the ones that met their doom in the mines of Wittenoom.

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08/14/2017 3:27 PM

Irritating as the issue is or may seem, is this really a big crippling issue? Modern substitutes exist for things like older style gaskets and brake drum pads containing asbestos, and while it increases the price to replace them before export and removes some of the classic OEM parts, it really isn't going to destroy the industry in Australia.

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08/14/2017 6:35 PM

But, it is not necessary.

Unless the asbestos filled item is ground into powder and breathed, the risk of asbestoses is minuscule.

There is no reason, except the government says so.

I know, I know! Because they say so.

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08/15/2017 3:07 PM

Asbestos is bad, but what you are asking the government to do (differentiate between relatively safe uses as part of a compound material compared to, say brake drum pads where asbestos dust risk inhalation is high risk) has always been a challenge, unless it is really, really obvious a differentiation can be made.

Blanket bans across the board are much easier for them to get their heads around and easier to implement.

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