A number of shippers and carriers are concerned about the recent changes to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDG Act). Their concerns are centred around how they are to comply with ERAPs, security plan and security clearances sections of the TDG Act.

As Tranport Canada has not written any regulations for the changes to the Act, then there is nothing for shippers and carriers to comply with. The reasons these changes have been implemented are the upcoming Vancouver Olympics and the G8 summit next June to be held in Huntsville, ON.

The Act does provide for the Minister to issue interim orders. An interim order has been issued which states that anyone who has knowledge of the loss, theft or otherwise unlawfully interfered with dangerous goods must notify their local police and CANUTEC.

So until regulations are written and published in Gazette II or another interim order is issued, there is nothing for shippers or carriers to do. But seeing what is in the changes to the Act, it would be prudent for a company to start preparing if it has not already done so.