The movement of all Dangerous Goods in Canada is regulated by Transport Canada for all modes of Transportation and is governed by the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR), the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions (ICAO TI) as well as the International Marine Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG). Each of these outlines’ specific instructions for the shipping/handling/receiving and consumer purchasing of each Dangerous Goods product or those products contained within e.g., Lithium Batteries. Having a visible safety mark on the outside of a means of containment to identify the potential hazards is part of these instructions and works to keep all individuals safe and secure from possible illness/injury caused by unmarked packaging.
“The majority of trade between Asia and Europe still relies on the Suez Canal, and given that vital goods including vital medical equipment and PPE, are moving via these ships we call on the Egyptian authorities do all they can to reopen the canal as soon as possible.”
An estimated 12% of global trade passes through the Suez Canal, comprising more than one billion tonnes of goods each year.
Guy Platten continued: “Not only will the goods aboard the Ever Given be severely delayed on their journey, but the hundreds of other ships are also affected. The damage done to the global supply chain will be significant.”
A product is considered to be a dangerous good when one of the following conditions is met:
It’s listed in Schedule 1 or Schedule 3 of the TDG Regulations, or
If it is not listed in Schedule 1 or 3, it meets one or more of the classification criteria in Part 2 of the TDG Regulations.
To ensure compliance with the TDG Regulations, stakeholders must address any existing gaps with TDG Regulations before January 31, 2021. This may include:
- ensuring that all employees are trained as per the TDG Regulations and hold a valid training certificate
- ensuring that all MOCs used to transport dangerous goods have been tested and inspected in accordance with relevant standards and display current and valid inspection and test markings
IMO announced that mandatory compliance with the forthcoming IMDG Codeamendment will start on June 1, 2022.
IMO plans to release Amendment 40–20 in early 2021. The new Code may be applied voluntarily after January 1, 2021.
Under normal conditions, Amendment 40-20 would have been published in Fall 2020. Compliance with a new IMDG Code amendment is voluntary in the first year following publication (i.e., 2021) and mandatory in the second year following publication (i.e., after January 1, 2022).
As of January 1st, 2021, the new international safety mark for “LTD QTY” shipments by ground transport in Canada must display this label.
It is important to make sure you and your employees understand when a limited quantity label is required and why. This will avoid refused shipments and protect your business from infractions.
This communication is intended to remind stakeholders that the following temporary certificates will not be renewed beyond January 31, 2021:
TU 0750.1: Training
Note: This temporary certificate allows individuals who had been trained and held valid training certificates on March 1, 2020, to continue handling, offering for transport, or transporting dangerous goods with expired training certificates.