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Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Shippers of items classified as Dangerous Goods must have successfully completed a course in the Transport of Dangerous Goods and hold valid certification. ONLY a certified person can ship dangerous goods.

All shipments of dangerous goods MUST have proper documentation and paperwork. Failure to provide necessary documentation may result in fines or penalties.

Purolator ships dangerous goods within Canada (via ground and air) and  to the USA (via air only). DHL does not ship dangerous goods within Canada nor to the USA with the exceptions of shipping dry ice via ground within Canada and shipping dangerous goods inbound from the USA. UBC does not have contracted couriers to ship dangerous goods internationally (outside of Canada or the USA), contact TNT Express Worldwide, FedEx or World Courier. If you have any more questions, please contact Supply Management.

When exporting dangerous goods to a country outside of Canada, departments are responsbile for determining if an export permit is required. Failure to obtain the required export permits could result in the seizure and forfeiture of your goods, and/or fines/penalties including imprisonment.

Dangerous Goods include:

  • ALL chemicals
  • MOST biological substances such as serum, human body fluids, tissue etc.
  • Dry ice

Dangerous Goods labels MUST be affixed to most dangerous goods shipments. Do not write on these labels. Dangerous goods shipments must be packaged properly and correctly identified with proper United Nations (UN) number and product name. For air shipments, the Shipper's Declaration of Dangerous Goods form MUST be the original.

For dry ice shipments, styrofoam is acceptable as outer packaging ONLY if vented. The package and the waybill must show the UN number for dry ice as well as the weight of the dry ice in kilograms. Both the To and From addresses must be on the box itself, not just on the waybill.

With Purolator Courier Ltd., dry ice as a refrigerant is not subject to the Dangerous Goods Handling Fee IF it is going ground as it is not regulated for transport. But if dry ice is the consignment (product being shipped, not part of the packaging), it IS considered a dangerous good.

For more information and assistance on dangerous goods classification,  contact the UBC Department of Health Safety and Environment

For specific questions regarding couriers who ship dangerous goods, please contact Supply Management.

For general information on the shipping of dangerous goods reference Transport Canada.


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