The quality of steel imported into Australia can vary markedly. With structural steel usually utilised in ‘safety critical’ items, meeting the quality standards expected in Australia should not be negotiable according to Australian Steel Institute (ASI) national technical development manager Dr Peter Key.

“Overseas standards are not necessarily compatible with the performance requirements inherent in the quality level expected by developed nations like Australia and that presents significant risks for the unwary choosing steel purely on price,” he said. “There are numerous reports, both real and anecdotal, of quality and potential safety issues…