Advisory note regarding movement documents, December 2015

Movement Documents

Two regulatory amendments affecting the shipping document under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) administered by Transport Canada were adopted.

The first was published in July 2014, and came into force on July 15th, 2015. It requires that a shipping document includes a consignor certification that complies with Section 3.6.1 of the TDGR. This Section lists five acceptable consignor certifications, including the consignor certification set out in Section of the United Nations Recommendations, which is precisely the one chosen to be include in the current movement document required under the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR) and the Interprovincial Movement of Hazardous Waste Regulations (IMHWR) for its compliance with the TDGR. Therefore, no changes are needed to the current movement document to be consistent with the July 15, 2015 requirements under the TDGR.

However, the second regulatory amendment to the TDGR may result in the need to prepare additional documents. It was published in December 2014 and came into force on July 1st, 2015. It requires that the UN number be shown before the shipping name in the description of the dangerous goods (Section 3.5 of the TDGR) on the shipping document. If you are moving a hazardous waste or a hazardous recyclable material which is also a dangerous good, you will still need to provide EC’s movement document and you will also have to provide the shipping document for the TDGR. This means that it is no longer possible to use only the movement document in order to comply with both the TDGR and the EIHWHRMR/IMHWR requirements. The format and required information set out in the EIHWHRMR/IMHWR cannot be modified. Please contact Transport Canada for more information on how to comply with the TDGR.

Contact information

For information on the TDGR, visit Transport Canada’s web site.

Any question regarding the TDGR may be directed to Transport Canada.

For information on the EIHWHRMR and IMHWR, visit Environment Canada’s web site.

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