Melamine & Polyamide Table & Kitchenware Sourced from China

Products that fall under this heading:


Melamine and polyamide table & kitchenware can only be imported through a port designated as a “First Point of Introduction”- Felixstowe, Harwich & Ipswich International Ports are all approved ports.

UK Customs ensures that these controlled consignments are not released for free circulation until they confirm the goods are compliant.

Technical Limits- 

Polyamide kitchenware: 

A test report must demonstrate that the item does not release into foods (or food simulants) primary aromatic amines in a detectable quantity. (The detection quantity is 0.01mg/kg.)

Melamine kitchenware: 

A test report must demonstrate that they do not release into foods (or food simulants) formaldehyde in a quantity exceeding 15 mg/kg

These technical test reports should be submitted to as soon as test results are completed. EUImportCompliance will review results and confirm if they are acceptable.

Imports of these controlled consignments will only be permitted where the consignment is accompanied by a Plastic Declaration Document (PDD), laboratory report demonstrating compliance with the limits set down in the law, commercial invoice, packing list and copy of Bill of Lading.  The PDD will be created by URBN Import Compliance team.

The PDD is used as prior notification and can be generated and submitted to Port Health using the PHILIS system. Prior notification can be submitted by the importer or an agent or representative, but an original declaration signed by the importer must be used for submission. URBN will submit prior notification.

Electronic PDD notifications only need to be submitted for consignments with more than 50% of melamine or polyamide. The Port of Health will accept prior notifications and shipping documents via email for any consignment made of less than 50% melamine.

On February 15, 2021, authorities of certain EU countries have announced that business operators will have to withdraw bamboo-melamine materials and articles from the market immediately as the use of bamboo in combination with polymers, such as melamine, does not have explicit authorization under article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 10/2011. Many bamboo plastic products have been found to often exceed specific migration limits set in the regulation for melamine and formaldehyde, therefore posing a potential health risk to consumers.

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