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49 CFR Hazmat Transportation Training


This training aims to understand the difference between Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulations and 49 CFR. We teach the shipper to be autonomous in preparing all his shipments between Canada and the US by road.

We cover the following topics:



  • Canada and US requirements differences
  • Classification (9 hazard classes)
  • Reported Quantity (RQ)
  • Restrictions
  • Special Provisions
  • Marking and labelling
  • Documentation
  • Appropriate standardized containers
  • Exemptions
  • Packaging and shipping exercises


We privilege enjoyable learning with the help of games and didactic material. Each participant will receive a training booklet for future reference and a training certificate in accordance with Transport Canada standards.


Summary and objectives of the training


If you are sending dangerous goods by ground transport to the United States, this training is mandatory. If you question any of the following issues in the course of your work, TDG-Transborder training will allow you to be able to send compliant packages and avoid rejected and returned shipments. 

  • Are you familiar with U.S. regulations (CFR 49)?
  • Do you know what is excluded from the reciprocity treaty?
  • Do you know the differences between TDGR (Canada) and CFR 49 (U.S.)?
  • Do you know the legal repercussions and dangers of a non-compliant shipment on both sides of the border?


Training outline

Module 1: Regulatory Context and Classification

Objective of the module: to be able to  

  • Link UN involvement in TDG
  • Know everyone's responsibilities in both Canada and the United States
  • Understand the structure of U.S. regulation.
  • Understand the need for comprehensive classification.

1.1 Legal responsibilities of each TDG actor in Canada and the United States
1.1.1 The shipper and importer, the carrier and the handler
1.1.2 Offences and Penalties
1.2 U.S. regulations
1.2.1 CFR 49 Structure
1.2.2 Reciprocity
1.2.3 Table of Hazardous materials
1.3 Classification
1.3.1 Proof of classification
1.3.2 Differences between Canada and the United States
1.3.3 Definitions of classes 1 to 9
1.3.4 Lithium batteries (an introduction)


Module 2: Documentation

Objective of the module: to be able to  

  • Judge the conformity or not of a shipping document
  • Analyze good practices for submitting a shipping document
  • Apply the requirements of the standard to your own shipping documents.
  • Know the specificities related to the United States.

2.1 Regulatory Requirements 
2.2 U.S. Specific requirements
2.3 Proper presentation of the shipping description
2.4 Additional Information


Module 3: Safety Marks 

Objective of the module: to be able to

  • Judge the Compliance of Safety Marks on a Truck 
  • Judge the Compliance of Safety Marks on a Package
  • Properly complete the marks and labelling of a package 

3.1 Labels
3.2 Marking and labelling of a small container
3.3 Marking and labelling of a large means of containment
3.4 Regulatory use of placards in transport
3.5 Differences between Canada and the United States


Module 4: Packaging

Objective of the module: to be able to

  • Recognize standardized packaging. 
  • Understand packing instructions. 
  • Choose the right packaging

4.1 Characteristics of standardized packaging
4.2 U.S. Packing Instructions
4.3 UN mark on packaging 


Module 5: Loading and Loading

Objective of the module: to be able to

  • Know U.S. loading and reporting requirements

5.1 Loading and segregation
5.2 Reporting Requirements in Canada and the United States


Module 6: Exemption and Training 

Objective of the module: to be able to

  • Properly apply limited quantity exemptions 
  • Identify situations that can benefit from exemptions 
  • Synthesize regulations in real situations

6.1 Training requirements in the United States and Canada
6.2 Exemption of combustible liquids
6.3 Exemption of limited quantities
6.4 Requirements for cross-border drivers


1 day


On-site training or by video conference
Conformite + Legalite = Securite