Canada aligns dangerous goods transport rules with international standards

Transport Canada announced regulatory amendments to adapt Canadian law to updates to the United Nations (UN) Model Regulations (UN Recommendations) and international modal regulations for the different modes of transport for transportation of dangerous goods.

These updates include the addition of new marine pollutants to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), new requirements for dangerous goods safety marks for fumigated cargo and for the transport of lithium batteries and new shipping names and provisions for engines and resin kits.

These changes had not yet been introduced in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR), leading to confusion amongst Canadian and foreign stakeholders.

Also, new provisions adopted in the 19th edition of the UN Recommendations, regarding the classification of polymerizing substances and viscous liquids, had not yet been incorporated in the TDGR, causing increased burden on consignors who have to classify dangerous goods before offering them for transport.

Differences between the national standards and regulations in Canada and those in the United States are sometimes causing an impediment for shippers on both sides of the border as they must contend with two sets of requirements.

The amendments were published in the Canada Gazette.

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