Transport Canada publishes a Bulletin on Dangerous Goods Shipping Document
This Bulletin explains shipping document requirements. It does not change, create, amend or allow deviations from the Transportation Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations. Part 3 of the TDG Regulations contains the specific details. A “shipping document” which is defined under section 1.4 of the TDG Regulations is a paper document that contains required information about dangerous goods being handled, offered for transport or transported and identifies the dangerous goods being transported. A shipping document is always required, unless an exemption states otherwise. While you will find most exemptions to the TDG Regulations in Part 1 from sections 1.15 to 1.48, some exemptions appear in Schedule 2. Section 1.17 and special provision 37 in Schedule 2 are examples of when a shipping document is NOT required. To use any exemption, you must follow all the conditions listed, otherwise the TDG Regulations apply. The consignor (the shipper) must complete the shipping document before allowing a carrier to take the dangerous goods.
The TDG Regulations allow you to prepare shipping documents as set out in other Regulations for international shipments:
- For international marine shipments, you may complete the shipping document as set out in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) Code, and certain requirements from Part 11 (Marine) of the TDG Regulations.
- For international and domestic air shipments, you must complete the shipping document as set out in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions; and
- For international road or rail shipments from the United States, you may complete the shipping document as set out in the:
- US Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49. (49 CFR), and
- Certain requirements from Part 9 (Road) and Part 10 (Rail) of the TDG Regulations
The bulletin also includes a sample shipping document for most Canadian shipments of dangerous goods
Please follow this link to view the bulletin: