Where goods are imported into Australia and the overseas manufacturer has no representation in Australia Australian Consumer Law places the responsibilities of a manufacturer on the importer:
Section 7(1)(e) of the legislation states
” a person who imports goods into Australia if:
(i) the person is not the manufacturer of the goods; and
(ii) at the time of the importation, the manufacturer of the goods does not have a
place of business in Australia.”
In simple terms this means that an importer in such circumstances takes on the responsibilities of a manufacturer in relation to the provision of legally compliant products, supply of spare parts (where applicable) and accountability to consumers for product quality and product safety. Where products and product safety are non compliant regulatory penalties can be applicable.
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