About Trade Facilitation and 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.
The United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) aims to reduce or eliminate regulatory differences between the United States and Canada.
Each year, regulators and stakeholders from the U.S. and Canada participate in RCC annual meetings to discuss regulatory cooperation. The thematic sessions explore regulations in over twenty sectors, including: crop protection, work place chemicals, food safety, energy efficiency, transport of dangerous goods, aquaculture, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and connected vehicles. The forward-looking RCC meetings help identify opportunities for regulatory cooperation and inform the development of the annual Work Plans with concrete objectives, deliverables and milestones. Click here for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Explosives Work Plans. Click here for the official Canadian Regulations for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods.
PHMSA chairs the Hazardous Materials Working Group at the U.S.-China Transportation Forum (TF). 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 9th TF was held in April 2018 in Beijing, China. Click here for more information.
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. Click here for the Official Mexican Standards (Normas Oficiales Mexicanas or NOMs).