What is a shipping document?
A shipping document is defined as a document that relates to dangerous goods that are being
handled, offered for transport and transported and that contains the information required by
Part 3, Documentation, relating to the goods but does not include an electronic record.
What is the purpose of a shipping document?
A shipping document identifies dangerous goods being handled, offered for transport or transported.
It provides the shipping name, class, UN number, packing group, quantity and other relevant
information. It also indicates the phone number where a person could provide technical information
on the dangerous goods and, in certain cases, the emergency response plan reference number and
the telephone number to activate the plan.
When is a shipping document required?
The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992 and Part 3 of the Transportation of Dangerous
Goods (TDG) Regulations require that shipments of dangerous goods be accompanied by a shipping
document. Copies of the shipping document may be transmitted electronically to other parties
involved in the handling, offering for transport or transporting of dangerous goods but a paper copy
of the shipping document must accompany the dangerous goods at all times. The shipper must
complete the shipping document before the carrier takes possession of the dangerous goods and
give the completed document to the carrier. The carrier must, in turn, give the shipping document
to the next carrier until the dangerous goods arrive at destination.
Must a shipping document be on specific form?
There is no requirement to use a specific form. The only requirements that exists concerns
dangerous goods transported by aircraft. In these cases, the shipping document must show the
required information from the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions
(ICAO Technical Instructions) on a document that