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Client ID Database has DG Shippers In Canada Facing a New Registration Requirement 2020 or 2021.

Formal consultation has ended in Canada on a new proposal which, according to Transport Canada, will require stakeholders who will:

  • import, offer for transport, handle or transports dangerous goods in Canada

To register with Transport Canada under the identification database requirement.  The agency gives the following reasoning for implementing this new program, which is still in the development stage but is currently expected to finalize for implantation in the 2020-2021 timeframe:

  • to improve Transport Canada’s knowledge of stakeholders involved in the transport of dangerous goods. This will help Transport Canada promote public safety in the transport of dangerous goods by facilitating risk-based oversight of dangerous goods sites. The development of TDG CID addresses recommendations made by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada that Transport Canada improve its knowledge of stakeholders involved in the transport of dangerous goods. 

Transport Canada also provides guidance on those entities who will NOT have to register:

People who are currently exempt under Part 1 (sections 1.15 to 1.50) of the TDG Regulations. For example, you won’t be required to register if you transport dangerous goods:

  • for personal use (includes BBQ propane tanks)
  • as part of a medical device or for emergency response purposes
  • in direct support of farming activities with limited exposure to public areas
  • under the direction or control of a Minister (for example, of National Defense)

Transport Canada has also identified the specific information that stakeholders affected will be required to provide:

  • Basic stakeholder identification:
    • legal name and operating name
    • primary business and physical site address(es)
    • province(s) of operation
    • designated contact person and alternate
    • phone number and email address
  • TDG-specific activities:
    • UN number, shipping name, packing group of top dangerous goods shipped (based on measurements like frequency, volume and/or quantity)
    • classes and divisions of dangerous goods
    • annual quantities and volumes
    • shipment frequency

Once the system is in place, periodic renewal of registration at an interval yet to be determined as well as a responsibility to update the client profile if changes to their status occur will be put in place.  The fee structure –Transport Canada has said that there will be fees associated—is also still under development.  At present, fees will vary based on the amount, type, frequency of shipment, and degree of hazard posed by the dangerous goods any given stakeholder may operate with.  Stakeholders who have multiple sites will be required to establish reporting for each site.

As one may guess, this comprehensive proposal has raised a certain amount of concern among Canadian stakeholders about its costs, privacy issues, and administrative burdens potentially represented by the new requirement.  Some of those potentially affected have noted that the Canadian government already has much of this information available to it under its unique-to-Canada “ERAP” (Emergency Response Assistance Plan) requirement, as well as associated identification information provided to the Canadian emergency response resource CANUTEC (Canadian Transport Emergency Center). The new requirement, they contend, is unnecessary in light of the resources already available.  Transport Canada counters that these resources do cover some aspects of the information requirement, but not as comprehensively. There is also concern over the cost burden, but until fees are codified, this area of concern is difficult to address in any specific way.  Many stakeholders are simply a bit concerned about “being on the radar” with Transport Canada.  Despite these misgivings, however, Transport Canada seems firmly on curse to implement the new requirement in the near future.  Labelmaster will keep a firm eye on the proposal as it moves towards finalization and an eventual appearance in the Canada Gazette.

Find more information about this new requirement here.

New Lithium Battery Rules for Jan. 1, 2019

As of January 1, 2019, the “Lithium battery handling label” is no longer valid for air transport.

Lithium battery shippers should now use the new Class 9 lithium battery label or the new lithium battery mark shown below, as applicable.

New IATA DG Classification Criteria IATA has updated the criteria for classifying certain dangerous goods for air transport in this year’s DGR. If you ship the following substances or articles, be sure to check the latest edition to avoid rejection or fines for noncompliance:

  • Hybrid lithium batteries (those that contain both lithium metal and lithium ion cells)
  • Corrosives (Class 8)
  • Ammonium nitrate fertilizers
  • Energetic samples
  • Articles containing dangerous goods, n.o.s. (UN 3363)

New UN Numbers in the IATA Dangerous Goods List (IATA DGR 4.2)

IATA added a slew of new UN numbers to the Dangerous Goods List for 2019, including 12 new entries for articles that contain dangerous goods in Classes/Divisions 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 6.1, and 9. IATA also added a new DG List entry for UN 3536, Lithium batteries installed in cargo transport unit to address multimodal containers with installed lithium ion batteries, battery management systems, or other electronics.

Also changing is the ERG emergency response drill code for lithium batteries (shown in column N of the DG list)—from 9FZ to 12FZ. The change follows the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel decision that identified “Fire, heat, smoke, toxic and flammable vapor” as the inherent hazard for lithium batteries.The code 9FZ was used in the past to indicate “No general inherent risk.”

Updated DGR Packing Instructions

IATA has revised, added, or clarified a handful of DGR Packing Instructions for 2019. This includes clarification of the limits on number of spare lithium cells or batteries that may be packaged with equipment in Packing Instructions 966 and 969.

IATA also added combination packagings to Packing Instruction 958 for UN 2071 and UN 2590. Check out the full document to see the complete list of updated PIs.

Changes to the IATA Shipper’s Declaration

The design of the Shippers Declaration has changed to adjust the vocabulary and information required on the form, most notably replacing the phrase “subsidiary risk” with “subsidiary hazard.” Because of this change, shippers may use the “old” Shipper’s Declaration design until December 31, 2024, at which time they must switch over to the “new” design.

The examples of the Shipper’s Declaration shown in the 60th Edition DGR will reflect these updates.


IMDG Code Amendment 39_18 Summary of Significant Change for 2019 and 2020

The international maritime organization released a compendium of prosed changes to the next edition of the IMDG Code.  Highlights include new UN’s in the DGL, revised classification requirements for a number of hazard classes, and changes to the Special Provisions list. IMDG Code Amendment 39_18 Summary of Significant Change for 2019 and 2020

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Here are the changes to read or download a copy.

IMDG Code Amendment 39-18
Summary of Changes of Interest in the new IMDG Code
Reference document:
23 November 2017 IMO Amendment Proposal Summary
(IMO Secretariat, Doc # MSC 99/3/Add.1)
Date of Summary: February 20th, 2018

Part 1 General Provisions
Updates several definitions to account for updated references; includes new definition for IMO Type 9 Tank
Adds note providing that competent authorities can implement security provisions other than those related specifically to the transport safety of dangerous goods

Part 2 Classification
Makes significant changes to the treatment of samples of energetic materials for testing
Adds new Section 2.0.6 treating the classification and transport of articles containing dangerous goods
Revises the assignment of commercial fireworks to hazard division and compatibility classes
Revises classification of viscous liquids
Adds note regarding assignment of SP 386 to certain flammable solids and self-reactives
Minor revisions to classification criteria for organic peroxides
Complete replacement of Chapter 2.8 for Corrosives including new definitions and criteria for classification. **Probably one the biggest changes in the new Amendment**
Adds three new UN #’s (UN3536 Lithium Batteries Installed in Cargo Transport Unit, UN 2071 Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer, UN 3548 Articles containing miscellaneous dangerous goods, N.O.S. to certain Class 9 classification guidance requirements

Part 3 Dangerous Goods List
Chapter 3.2 Dangerous Goods List **Another very big change**
Major updates to Storage, Handling, and Segregation instructions in Column 16(a) and (b)
Adds new UN #’s UN3535 through UN3548
Major revisions and additions to the Special Provisions list, including new SP providing guidance for assigning classifications to various vehicle and battery operated devices
Adds clarifying instructions for the assignment of proper shipping names

Part 4 Packing and Tank Provisions
Revises numerous special tank and packing provisions
Revises P006, P911, LP03, LP905, LP906

Part 5 Consignment
Provides clarification on document requirements for radioactive materials
Provides labeling guidance for several of the newly established UN #’s
Revises label dimensional requirements in the event of a reduction in size
Provides revised label specimen illustrations
Revises certain placarding requirements
Provides clarifying language for what documents are required aboard ship

Part 6 Packaging Specifications and Test
Various technical revisions to packaging and tank test and recordkeeping requirements, tank markings, and cylinders.
New and revised specifications for large packagings
Adds revised requirement for tie downs to road tank vehicles

Part 7 Transport Operations
Adds guidance for storage and segregation for jet perforating guns (UN 0124, UN0494)
Revised list of segregation group codes
Complete replacement of the transport provisions for CTU’s under temperature control **major change***
Revisions to competent authority information in Chapter 7.9
Appendix A
Presents revised list of generic and N.O.S proper shipping names referencing newly established UN #’s



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