Product Emissions Standards for new small spark-ignition engines for Outdoor Power Equipment and Spark-ignition Marine Engines.

The Australian Government introduced Emissions Standards for new small spark-ignition engines outdoor power equipment (such as lawn mowers, chainsaws and generators) and spark-ignition marine engines. These new standards came into effect 1st July 2018 for Imports.

A Community Protection Question will be triggered when using certain tariff codes on a customs entry, which reads:

Answering the CPQ The CPQ must be answered and the certification or exemption number entered when prompted. If your client has not provided a certification or exemption number you should ask your client if the product is certified as meeting the emissions standards. If your client informs you that the product is certified, but cannot provide you with the certification number, you can answer yes to the CPQ and leave the section for the certification or exemption number blank. However, you should advise your client that the Department will receive a notification that a regulated product has been entered into the Integrated Cargo System without a certification or exemption number. The Department will contact the importer to determine why a certification or exemption number was not provided. If your client informs you that the product is not certified you can advise your client that it is illegal to import a product that is not certified as meeting the emissions standards. Should your client inform you that the product is certified and it is later identified to be an uncertified product, the importer will be liable for the offences under the Act.

Importers must ensure their products carry either an Australian certification or a certification from a recognised international authority; or have an exemption from the Australian emissions standards

Recognised international regulatory authorities are:
• United States Environmental Protection Agency
• Californian Air Resources Board
• Environment and Climate Change Canada
• A European Union Approval Authority

Customs Brokers must correctly answer the Community Protection Question in the Integrated Cargo System by entering the correct certification (foreign or Australian) or exemption number. If you advise that your product is certified but cannot provide us with a certification number, we will report as such and the Department will receive a notification that a regulated product has been entered into the Integrated Cargo System without a certification or exemption number. The Department will contact the you, the importer, to determine why a certification or exemption number was not provided.

If the product is not certified, it is illegal to import a product that is not certified as meeting the emissions standards and you will be liable for penalties under the Act (currently up to $25,200).

Below is a list of Emissions Controlled Products

Non-handheld Handheld Marine
Air Compressor Brick/Concrete Saw  Inboard engine
Brick Elevator Concrete Vibrator / Deaerator Jet boat engine
Cherry Picker/Scissor Lift Engines for Non-Road Equipment Outboard engine
Concrete Grinder Garden Edger Personal watercraft
Concrete Mixer Hammer Drill Sterndrive engine
Firefighting/Water Pump Hedge Trimmer Water scooter
Generator Jackhammer  
Go Kart Leaf / Vacuum Blower  
Lawn Aerator / Corer Posthole Borer / Auger  
Leaf/Garden Vacuum (walk behind) Powered Broom  
Log Splitter Trowel Machine (Concrete)  
Mini Loader Whipper Snipper / Line Trimmer  
Mulcher/Chipper    
Pitch Roller    
Plate Compactor    
Pressure Cleaner    
Push Mower    
Ride-on Mower    
Rotary Hoe    
Slasher (Ride On)    
Snow Blower    
Stump Grinder    

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