Shippers who transport dangerous goods (DG) must follow the Transport Canada Regulations by ensuring they provide the appropriate shipping documents and complete a proper declaration of any DG product. Shipper’s basic responsibilities include the following:
- Ensure the product is properly classified, packaged and labelled.
- Each MOC (means of containment/packaging) is appropriate for the type of DG.
- The shipping document is correctly completed and dated.
- A complete set of placards and UN numbers (if required) is provided and affixed before being loaded.
Shipper’s Certification Became Mandatory on July 15, 2015
A shipper’s certification is a statement on the shipping document which confirms that the dangerous goods have been properly classified, packaged and labelled with safety marks according to the TDG Regulations.
The certification must be made by the shipper (consignor) or by a person acting on his or her behalf. The name of the shipper or representative must be printed (not his/her signature) and clearly indicated on the shipping document.
The certification appearing on the shipping document must be one of the five proposed certifications in the subsection 3.6.1(1) of TDG Regulations, Transport Canada.
Example of Shipper’s Certification
“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 affixed or displayed on them, and are in all respects in proper condition for transport according to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.”
A shipping document identifies the dangerous goods being transported. In some cases, the quantity of dangerous goods being shipped may not require placards; however, the shipping documents must contain all required information. The shipper must complete the shipping document before allowing Day & Ross to take the dangerous goods. It is the shipper’s responsibility to create their own shipping document. There is no specific form that a shipper must use. However, the shipping document must list the required information as shown in TDG Shipping Requirements.