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Shipping Document

A shipping document is a paper document that must contain the information required in this Part. A summary of the shipping document information is provided at the end of this Part. The shipping document could be an existing form, such as a waste manifest, or a company designed form, as long as all required information is present. Retained copies can be in the form of shipping records.

This section includes the responsibilities of a consignor and an importer. It is important to remember that the importer of a consignment of dangerous goods has the responsibilities of a consignor.

(1) Dangerous goods in transport must be accompanied by a shipping document, the emergency response information required in section 3.5 and, when being transported by rail, the consist required in section 3.6.

(2) A shipping document to accompany dangerous goods must be prepared by the consignor or a person approved directly or indirectly by the consignor.

(3) A person who imports a consignment of dangerous goods into Canada must ensure that the dangerous goods are accompanied by all the applicable prescribed documents. On entry into Canada, these documents are considered to be prepared by the importer.

(4) The information required on a shipping document, the emergency response information required in section 3.5 and the consist required in section 3.6 must be easy to identify, legible, indelible and in English or French.

(5) The consignor or importer must be able to produce a copy of a shipping document that includes his or her name as consignor or importer for two years from the time it accompanied dangerous goods in transport and within 15 days from the day that the consignor or importer receives a written request from an inspector.


3.2 Replacing a Shipping Document

During transport, a shipping document may need to be replaced by a copy or by an amended version. The replacement shipping document must accompany the dangerous goods.

A shipping document for dangerous goods that are in transport may be replaced by the consignor or importer or a person approved directly or indirectly by the consignor or importer

3.3 Information Required on a Shipping Document

This section sets out the information that must be included on a shipping document. Other unrelated information may appear on the shipping document but that information must not make the regulatory information more difficult to find

The shipping document must contain the following information:

(a) the name and address of the place of business of the consignor or importer and an indication that the person named is the consignor or is the importer;

(b) if the shipping document has been prepared or replaced by someone other than the consignor or importer, the name and street address of the person acting on behalf of the consignor or importer;

(c) a telephone number where the consignor or importer can be reached immediately for emergency technical information about the dangerous goods when they are in transport or CANUTEC's telephone number if the consignor or importer has received written agreement from CANUTEC to use CANUTEC's telephone number;

(d) for dangerous goods that require an emergency response assistance plan, (see Part 7)

(i) the words

(A) "emergency response assistance plan",

(B) "ERAP",

(C) "plan d'aide en cas d'urgence", or

(D) "PACU",

(ii) the Transport Canada issued reference number of the plan, and

(iii) the telephone number to call to have the plan activated immediately;

(e) a description of each of the dangerous goods in the following order:

(i) the shipping name and, immediately after the shipping name in parentheses, unless it is already part of the shipping name,

(A) for systemic poisons, the technical name of the active constituent or constituents,

(B) for dangerous goods that have an asterisk (*) after their shipping name in List 1 or 2 of Schedule 2, the technical name of the most dangerous constituent related to the primary classification, and

(C) for liquefied petroleum gases, the words "NOT ODORIZED" or "SANS ODORISANT", if these gases have not been odorized,

(ii) the primary classification preceded by, or under a heading with, the word "class" or "classe" and

(A) for explosives, the compatibility group letter, and

(B) the letter "E" if this letter appears in column 2 of List 2 of Schedule 2 opposite a shipping name,

(In practice, compatibility group letters are restricted to Class 1, for example, Class 1.1D whereas the letter "E" is restricted to Class 4.1 and Class 5.2, for example, Class 4.1E.)

(iii) every subsidiary classification, in parentheses,

(iv) the UN number,

(v) the packing group roman numeral preceded by, or under a heading with,

(A) the words "packing group" or the abbreviation "PG" (for example, packing group I or PG I), or

(B) the words "groupe d'emballage" or the abbreviation "GE" (for example, groupe díemballage I or GE I) ,

(vi) for infectious substances, the risk group roman numeral preceded by

(A) the words "risk group" or the abbreviation "RG" (for example, risk group IV or RG IV) , or

(B) the words "groupe de risque" or the abbreviation "GR" (for example, groupe de risque IV or GR IV) ,

(f) the net quantity by volume, mass or net explosives quantity or, for a railway tank car, the word "Residue" or "Résidu" if the quantity cannot be reasonably measured and the railway tank car is less than 5 per cent full;

(g) the number of means of containment, if more than one,

(h) for self-reactive substances in Class 4.1 and for organic peroxides in Class 5.2, the control and emergency temperatures shown in Schedule 2; and

(i) for radioactive materials

(A) the transport index of the means of containment, if


(B) the average surface heat flux of the means of containment if it exceeds 15 W/m2, and

(C) the activity of the radioactive material in Becquerels.

See: Transport  For details.

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