Australia’s major building and construction association has seen the red signal in their construction industry. In a recent press release published by Master Builders Australia (MBA) has warned the industry to stay away from the Chinese product of “laced with asbestos”.
Importing the Chinese product may cause harm as Aussie border security officials have agreed that the capability to halt the contaminated goods make a passage to the country. But the Abbott government has made clear that it is incapable to guarantee that imports from China are free of asbestos, amidst some confirmation of its use in the car, mining and building industries.
The MBA release also mentioned that it is alarming at the growing harm to the consumers and workforce on the back of asbestos findings in imported Chinese plasterboard and low-cost cars from 2012.
Australian Customs officials said that the present legislation made unlawful introduction of asbestos in goods supplies and its efforts to prevent them were “proportionate to the level of risk”.
“We may consider prosecution against importers found to have imported goods containing asbestos, with penalties of up to $170,000 for individuals, $850,000 for companies, or three times the value of the goods, whichever is greater,” is the version of Australian Customs Officials.
MBA’s chief executive Wilhelm Harnisch feels this issue of asbestos-laced products imported from China was “critical” for the industry, particularly with the increasing levels of foreign trade. This should be great chance to nip the growing problem in the bud.
Ironically, China is the second-largest producer of asbestos after Russia and also Australia’s highest abroad import source.