Vehicle Asbestos Testing when Shipping

Vehicle Asbestos Testing when Shipping
November 14, 2022 Chrissy Goodwin
Auto mechanic checking the underside of a car.

Limit your exposure to asbestos through careful planning

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used in various products, including car parts. Exposure to asbestos is known to cause cancer and other serious health problems. It can splinter out into fibers when the materials are disturbed or damaged, such as during car repairs or accidents. Asbestos fibers can also be released into the air when cars with asbestos-containing materials are scrapped or disposed of improperly.

Why is asbestos used in cars?

Asbestos has been used in various industries for centuries due to its heat-resistant and insulation properties. While no longer used in many industries due to health concerns, asbestos is still found in some car parts. If you are concerned about exposure to asbestos, you can minimize risk by ensuring that your car is well-ventilated and avoiding working on your car in enclosed spaces.

Known health effects of exposure to asbestos

Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and exposure to asbestos can increase your risk of developing cancer. In cars, asbestos fibers can be released into the air when parts are manufactured or repaired, and people can be exposed to these fibers when they breathe in the air around them.

Symptoms of asbestos exposure include coughing, shortness of breath, and chest pain. If you think you may have been exposed to asbestos, you should immediately see a doctor. There are ways to reduce your risk of exposure, such as wearing protective clothing and using respirators when working with car parts that may contain asbestos fibers.

How can people be exposed to asbestos from cars?

Asbestos has historically been used in various automotive parts and materials due to its heat and chemical damage resistance. Automobiles may contain asbestos in brake pads, clutches, gaskets, and other components. If you are concerned about reducing or eliminating exposure to asbestos from your car, it is crucial to inspect these vehicle components closely and contact a professional if there is any sign of damage or contamination.

Exposure to asbestos fibers has been linked to an increased risk of developing mesothelioma – an aggressive form of cancer that typically affects the lining of the lungs. If you believe you may have been exposed to asbestos from your car, it is vital to seek medical attention and consult a qualified asbestos attorney.

Steps that can be taken to reduce exposure to asbestos in cars

While asbestos is a common substance, it must be taken seriously and with preventative measures to ensure its fibers are not inhaled or come into contact with the skin.

The first step is to identify which parts of the car contain asbestos. Once you know where the asbestos is, you can take steps to avoid exposure by not touching or disturbing those areas.

If you need to work on the part of the car that contains asbestos, be sure to wear proper protective gear, including a respirator if necessary. Keeping a vehicle well-maintained and in good repair minimizes the likelihood of creating asbestos fibers.

When disposing of any materials that may contain asbestos, be sure to follow all local regulations regarding safe disposal methods. Asbestos is a highly regulated substance and cannot be disposed of with other trash or waste. Failure to dispose of asbestos in accordance with state and federal regulations can result in significant fines and legal action. If you are unsure of how to dispose of asbestos in your area, contact your local or county office of environmental protection or waste management.


Photo of car brakes which often contain asbestos.


Asbestos testing when shipping a vehicle overseas

Several countries require vehicle asbestos testing to ensure that cars on the road are not emitting dangerous levels of asbestos fibers into the air. These countries include Australia, Canada, and the countries within the European Union. In addition to requiring testing, these jurisdictions also have regulations limiting the amount of asbestos a car’s parts can contain.

How do asbestos regulations impact those who want to export vehicles?

  1. The regulations for exporting old vehicles from the US can be complicated and vary depending on the destination country.
  2. If you are planning on exporting a vehicle manufactured more than twenty-five years ago, it’s important to research the regulations in advance to avoid any potential problems.
  3. The regulations can impact both the buyer and seller of an old vehicle, so it’s important to be aware of them before entering into any transaction.
  4. Some countries have stricter regulations than others when it comes to importing old vehicles, and countries also have different regulations for “classic cars” or vehicles considered collectible, so it’s important to check with the relevant authorities before shipping anything overseas.
  5. In some cases, it may be easier and less expensive to simply sell your old vehicle rather than trying to export it to another country.

What regulations are in place for importing vehicles to the US?

  1. The United States has strict regulations in place for importing vehicles from other countries. There are a number of countries the US will not allow vehicles to be imported from due to manufacturing or environmental standards designed to limit exposure to asbestos.
  2. In order to import a vehicle into the US, you must first obtain a permit from the US Department of Transportation.
  3. All imported vehicles must meet the safety and environmental standards set by the US government.
  4. Vehicles that do not meet these standards will be refused entry into the United States.
  5. If you are caught importing a vehicle without a permit, you may be subject to prosecution and/or fines.


Importing and exporting vehicles can be a complicated process that requires careful attention to detail with numerous regulatory bodies both in the US and abroad. Trans Global Auto Logistics has over 30 years in the vehicle shipping business. Consult with one of our representatives today to help you import or export your car.

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