Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade - Notification - Australia - Toys - Addendum



The following communication, dated 22 September 2023, is being circulated at the request of the delegation of the United States of America.





Title: Hazardous Materials: Modernizing Regulations To Improve Safety and Efficiency


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Comment period changed - date: 4 December 2023; 88 Federal Register (FR) 65148, 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180:

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Description: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period - On 5 July 2023, PHMSA published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, titled "Hazardous Materials: Modernizing Regulations to Improve Safety and Efficiency (HM-265A)," seeking comment of 46 topics related to modernizing the hazardous materials regulations to increase efficiency while maintaining and improving safety. In response to a request for an extension of the comment period submitted by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, PHMSA is extending the comment period for the HM-265A notice for an additional 60 days. Comments to the HM-265A notice will now be due by 4 December 2023.

The comment period for the proposed rule published 5 July 2023, at 88 FR 43016, is extended. Comments should be received on or before 4 December 2023. To the extent possible, PHMSA will consider late- filed comments.

This extension of comment period and the advance notice of proposed rulemaking notified as G/TBT/N/USA/2014 are identified by Docket Number PHMSA-2019-0031. The Docket Folder is available from at and provides access to primary and supporting documents as well as comments received. Documents are also accessible from by searching the Docket Number. WTO Members and their stakeholders are asked to submit comments to the USA TBT Enquiry Point by or before 4pm Eastern Time on 4 December 2023. Comments received by the USA TBT Enquiry Point from WTO Members and their stakeholders will be shared with the regulator and will also be submitted to the Docket on if received within the comment period. PHMSA will consider late-filed comments to the extent possible.




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