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China MOT to Revise Multiple Regulations on Transport of Dangerous Goods

China MOT released its 2021 legislative plan. A draft revision to the Provisions on Administration of Road Transport of Dangerous Goods is expected to be released this year for public consultation.

On March 3, 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) published its annual legislative plan for 2021 [1], in which multiple regulations concerning transport of dangerous goods are expected to be revised in the near future.

According to the plan, the proposed revision to the Provisions on Safety Administration of Railway Transport of Dangerous Goods, which was published to solicit public comments [2] last year, will be submitted for deliberation at the executive meeting of the MOT this March.

For the Provisions on Administration of Road Transport of Dangerous Goods, which was last revised in 2019, a draft revision will be submitted to the Legislative Department for review in March and the MOT executive meeting for deliberation in June this year. Comments are expected to be open within the year.

Legislative progress will also be seen in the regulation of the other modes of transport. For instance, the draft revision to the Regulations on Administration of Transport of Dangerous Goods by Civil Aviation (renamed Regulations on Administration of Transport of Dangerous Goods by Public Aviation), for which a public consultation [3] was initiated in mid-2020, will also be reviewed by the Legislative Department in April and deliberated at the MOT executive meeting in July. A revision to the Provisions on Safety Administration of Dangerous Goods Carried by Ships will be drafted.

Notably, a new law, which is called the Transport Law for the moment, is also included in this year’s legislative plan. It remains to be seen how much purview it has over the transport of dangerous goods.

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