Testing of e-documents for dangerous goods shipments underway

by Truck News

Transport CanadaOTTAWA, Ont. – Transport Canada has begun testing the use of electronic documents for dangerous goods shipments, the federal agency announced on its website.

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations currently requires a physical paper shipping document to follow most dangerous goods while they are in transport.

The documents include information on the goods being transported and give first responders the information they need to respond to incidents when they occur.

“Unfortunately, paper documents can be lost or destroyed, which can cause delays in emergency response,” Transport Canada said.

It said electronic documents offer a number of potential benefits, as they can be:

  • Easier to read;
  • Simpler to update;
  • Quicker to share with emergency responders;
  • Integrated with other digital business processes;
  • More flexible and able to give Canadian businesses a competitive edge; and
  • Aligned with international regulations.

The two-year project will look at using electronic documents across four modes of transportation: air, marine, rail, and road.

“No specific technology or system will be imposed by this project, because we are interested in evaluating a variety of platforms and technologies,” Transport Canada said.

The agency is looking for carriers, shippers, first responders, enforcement personnel and other stakeholders to participate in the project. They can do so by submitting feedback or completing questionnaires.

More details are available here.

 

Have your say

We won't publish or share your data

*

  • I’m thinking it’s about time. Europe has been using E Docs for years and it seems to work over there. As far back as 2004, we had some Brits working with us that just could not comprehend why we were spending so much time filling out load Docs in 3 different packages to deliver one load.