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Documentation Requirements for Dangerous Goods Including Wastes

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The Canada Gazette Part II amendment (SOR/2014-306), published December 31, 2014 which included a 6 month transition period, called for modification of TDG Part 3.5(1)(c) which requires that dangerous goods descriptions must be in the order of Columns 1, 2, 3 and 4 of TDG Regulations, Schedule 1 or UN number, Shipping Name, Class (Subsidiary Class) and Packing Group.

TDG Part 3.6.1 states that as of July 15, 2015, a Consignor must state their name and make a Consignor’s Certification on any shipping document containing dangerous goods.  This certification can be authorized by 49 CFR, ICAO Technical Instructions, IMDG Code, or UN Recommendations.  Alternatively, you would use the TDG certification language which is as follows:

“I hereby declare that the contents of this consignment are fully and accurately described above by the proper shipping name, are properly classified and packaged, have dangerous goods safety marks properly applied or displayed on them, and are in all respects in proper condition for transport according to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.”

Documentation Requirements for Dangerous Goods Including WastesThe Canadian standard Movement Document/Manifest adopted by Canadian provinces and territories for use in waste shipments across Canada has been recently updated to include the new certification requirements of a Consignor.  You will note that this certification requirement states that the correct classification under TDG is used (note Part 2.2.1 above).  However, the manifest description for dangerous goods is not in compliance with Part 3.5(1)(c) of TDG as the description is still shown as Shipping Name, Class, UN No. and Packing Group.
 
If the Movement Document/Manifest is not modified and adopted by provincial/territorial authorities by June 30, 2015, with the correct TDG description order, which is not likely to occur, then all dangerous goods waste shipped on a Movement Document/Manifest must be accompanied by a bill of lading with the correct TDG description.

For more detailed information in regards to waste handling, please contact Mark Roehler.