Canada Aligns Its Dangerous Goods Regulations with International Standards

The Canadian ministry for transportation, Transport Canada, plans to align Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) with international regulations. A related proposal was published on November 26. The proposal is open for comments until February 9, 2023. With this initiative, the Canadian government wishes to simplify the transport of dangerous goods – primarily into and out of the United States.

The update principally applies to Part 12 of the TDGR, which regulates international and inland air transport. Most of the regulations have not been updated since 2001, which has driven up the cost and administrative effort involved in the transport of dangerous goods. The current situation often leads to transport delays.

Canada wants to remedy this deficiency by aligning its own regulations with the UN Model Recommendations for the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG). Also called the “Orange Book,” these regulations are updated every two years.

If a company transports dangerous goods, it must appoint a dangerous goods officer for this purpose in accordance with §3 Section II A (A-3/1) of the Dangerous Goods Officer Ordinance (GbV) (nur in Deutsch). KFT offers its customers this service of an external dangerous goods officer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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