Industry requests quick release of HM-215N

Final rule currently on hold

Posted February 10, 2017

On February 3, 2017, 22 industry shippers, manufacturers, associations, and transporters submitted a letter to Secretary of Transportation Chao regarding the importance of the publication of HM-215N –Harmonization with International Standards. The letter requests the earliest possible approval and publication of the final rule for HM-215N. This final rule was put on hold pursuant to the new Administration’s January 20, 2017, memorandum on rulemakings.

The letter speaks to the importance of harmonization with the international standards, thus assuring safety and avoiding disruptions to supply chains. It emphasizes that avoiding the disruption of supply chains is critically important to all U.S. manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, exporters, importers, carriers, and industries. This harmonization avoids confusion among shippers, carriers, and others in the logistics chain, maximizes safety, and reduces costs for U.S. businesses.

It is hoped that the HM-215N final rule will be published in the next several weeks.

This article was written by Thomas Ziebell of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.


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