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Harmonization Ruling Finalized

April 25th, 2017 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

Just a few months ago, progress on Harmonization of the Hazardous Material regulations was stalled. However, in March 2017, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety administration, PHMSA, issued a final rule to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods—Model Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA is adopting several amendments to the HMR that result from coordination with Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Voluntary compliance date: January 1, 2017.

Delayed compliance date: Unless otherwise specified, compliance with the amendments adopted in this final rule is required beginning January 1, 2018.

For further information, contact: Steven Webb International Standards, (202) 366-8553, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001. Read the full Ruling here.

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