AEI Consultants was retained by Montana Exports of Compton, California to conduct asbestos surveys of mostly 1950 to 1980s automobiles that are being exported from the United States to Australia. Due to recently passed regulations preventing the import of vehicles containing asbestos-containing materials (ACM) into the country, our client has to adhere to this strict regulations of a zero tolerance policy for ACM on vehicles being imported. Imported vehicles identified with violations are subject to tens of thousands of dollars in fines and months of delays.
Thus far AEI Consultants has assessed 50+ cars, including some classics. All materials on the vehicle are visually surveyed and if found to be suspect, bulk samples are collected and submitted to the laboratory to determine if the suspect vehicle components contain asbestos. If asbestos-containing materials are identified the materials must be removed prior to export of the vehicle. AEI plans to expand the volume of our services as the new laws change to allow later models to be exported outside of the United States.
AEI Consultants has been able to streamline the customs process and eliminate costly fines associated with asbestos violations by providing comprehensive vehicle surveys that address the materials known to contain asbestos. When asbestos materials are identified by AEI, Montana Exports has the identified components removed to avoid any shipping delays or unexpected fines to their Australian clientele.