PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) along with the Department of Transportation (DOT) is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international regulations and standards. The final rule was published in the Federal Register and will be effective August 25, 2022.

The final rule

  • Changes some proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups and more to maintain alignment with international dangerous goods regulations, such as the 2021– 2022 Edition of the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions); Amendment 40–20 to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code).
  • Has been amended in various areas that pertain to lithium batteries being transported both domestically and internationally.
  • Modifies the Hazardous Material Table (HMT; 49 CFR 172.101) to add, revise, or remove certain proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, bulk packaging requirements, and passenger and cargo aircraft maximum quantity limits.
  • Amends the HMR to require a technical name to be added to the proper shipping name of a hazardous material that contains a marine pollutant.

If you have any questions regarding these changes and how they impact your shipments, reach out to Mohawk Global Trade Advisors.

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