Can someone help me out with the new Plastic Declaration please? We have two shipments of melamine due to leave China and one of the suppliers is asking us to fill in a declaration. I have been onto Port Health’s website and downloaded an example declaration and the instructions on how to complete it, as our freight forwarder has advised us that we need to fill this in, but they are very vague on who actually sends the information onto Port Health as they have not yet encountered one of these. Can you clarify for me what we actually need to be doing with this? Should we register with PHILIS [Port Health Interactive Live Information System] in order to complete the declaration or should we complete it manually and then send it to the forwarder? One of our suppliers seems to think that it should be completed prior to the shipment actually leaving China, so how soon should the declaration be submitted? We are very nervous of this at the moment as the procedure is so new and the last thing we need is for the goods to be destroyed at the port.

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