Standards & Rulemaking

Country Partnerships

About Country Partnerships

PHMSA engages in dialogue with many countries as part of harmonizing the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with international standards and regulations. Currently, our main country partnerships are with Canada, China and Mexico.

Canada

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In February 2011, President Obama and Canada’s Prime Minister Harper launched the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). The Leaders created the RCC to facilitate closer cooperation between our two countries to develop smarter and more effective approaches to regulation to make the U.S. and Canadian economies stronger, and more competitive, while meeting the fundamental responsibilities of protecting safety and welfare of our citizens. The RCC Joint Action Plan is comprised of 29 initiatives which lay the way for future regulatory cooperation between our two countries. Click here for the official Canadian Regulations for Transportation of Dangerous Goods.

China

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The U.S.-China Transportation Forum (TF) serves as the principal forum for high-level multi-modal transportation discussions involving U.S. and China government and industry experts. Through the TF, officials work to develop mutually beneficial solutions to common transportation challenges. This annual high-level bilateral event serves as the primary mechanism from which to review progress made among the various TF Working Groups: 1) Safety and Disaster Assistance and Coordination; 2) Urban Congestion; 3) Hazardous Materials; 4) New Technologies in Transport (Rail); and 5) the Ports and Inland Waterways Initiative. The 6th U.S.-China Transportation Forum was hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation on October 28-30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois in conjunction with two other significant U.S. and China transportation-related events: The “Yangtze-Mississippi River Forum” and the “Sino-American Logistics Conference and Exhibition.” Click here for a copy of the U.S. China TF Spring 2014 Newsletter.

Mexico

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Together with Canada, Mexico and the United States comprise one of the most competitive and successful regional economic platforms in the world, the sustained competitiveness of which is dependent in large measure on continued and deepened economic and commercial cooperation, integration, and policy alignment. To further elevate and strengthen this dynamic bilateral commercial and economic relationship, President Obama and President Peña Nieto have agreed to establish a High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED). The HLED, which is expected to meet annually starting in the Fall of 2014, is envisioned as a flexible platform intended to advance strategic economic and commercial priorities central to promoting mutual economic growth, job creation, and global competitiveness. Click here for the Official Mexican Standards (Normas Oficiales Mexicanas or NOMs).