Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade - Notification - United States - Forklift


The following notification is being circulated in accordance with Article 10.6




If applicable, name of local government involved (Article 3.2 and 7.2): State of


Agency responsible:

Environmental Protection Agency, Air Resources Board, State of California (CARB) [2098]

Name and address (including telephone and fax numbers, email and website addresses, if available) of agency or authority designated to handle comments regarding the notification shall be indicated if different from above:

Please submit comments to: USA WTO TBT Enquiry Point, Email:


Notified under Article 2.9.2 [ ], 2.10.1 [ ], 5.6.2 [ ], 5.7.1 [ ], 3.2 [X], 7.2 [ ], other:


Products covered (HS or CCCN where applicable, otherwise national tariff heading. ICS numbers may be provided in addition, where applicable): Forklift emissions; Environmental protection (ICS code(s): 13.020); Air quality (ICS code(s): 13.040)


Title, number of pages and language(s) of the notified document: Zero-Emission Forklift Regulation ; (28 page(s), in English)


Description of content: The Proposed Regulation would reduce criteria-pollutant and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within California by accelerating the transition of Large Spark-Ignition (LSI) engine powered forklifts to zero-emission technology (i.e., battery-electric, fuel cell-electric, or other zero-emission technology as the only source of power for propulsion and work). Certain types of forklifts, such as rough-terrain forklifts and diesel forklifts, would not be addressed by the Proposed Regulation.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) will conduct a public hearing on 27 June 2024 at 9am Pacific Time to consider the proposed Zero-Emission Forklift Regulation (Proposed Regulation).


Objective and rationale, including the nature of urgent problems where applicable: Protection of the environment


Relevant documents:

Proposed Zero-Emission Forklift Regulation:

CARB website for Zero-Emission Forklifts:

Notice of public hearing:

Title 13 Code of California Regulation Section 2433

WTO Members and their stakeholders are asked to submit comments to the USA TBT Enquiry Point. Comments received by the USA TBT Enquiry Point from WTO Members and their stakeholders by 4pm Eastern Time on 26 December 2023 will be shared with the California Air Resources Board.


Proposed date of adoption: To be determined

Proposed date of entry into force: To be determined


Final date for comments: 26 December 2023


Texts available from: National enquiry point [ ] or address, telephone and fax numbers and email and website addresses, if available, of other body: