US and Canada Studying Electronic Shipping Papers

We recognize the need to digitally modernize and are studying the possibility of using electronic shipping documents for the transportation of dangerous goods.

Transport Canada (TC) is looking for your input as we try to identify timely and flexible solutions to update the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations(External link) with paperless alternatives which will:

Improve supply chain management;
Reduce paper-burden; and Increase compliance and efficiency for industry nationally and internationally.

We will carry out an in-depth review before any regulatory changes are proposed to ensure the same, or greater level of safety.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulatory Sandbox

TC is proposing a three-year sandbox between 2019 and 2022 to evaluate the feasibility of using electronic shipping documents as an alternative to the paper version by allowing selected businesses to use them. These will be granted limited permission through an equivalency certificate provided they meet safety and information-sharing criteria.

This will be done in partnership with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), from the United States Department of Transportation, industry and other governmental departments.

Go here for the latest sandbox information.

[View information on Transport Canada website]

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