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Dangerous Goods Information for Commercial Vehicle Operators and Shippers

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BC Ferries is required to comply with the regulations set out in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act & Regulations, the Canada Shipping Act & Dangerous Goods Shipping Regulations. The following are requirements that must be met.


DG Training for Commercial Drivers

  • BC Ferries require that all commercial drivers who handle, offer for transport or transport dangerous goods be adequately trained, and carry on their person, a certificate issued by their employer. 
  • Commercial drivers may be asked to show their certificate at terminal and failure to produce the required certificate may result in not being allowed to transport their Dangerous Goods on that sailing.
  • Note that a certificate is valid only for 3 years.

Pre-Arranged Clearance

  • Carriers desirable of pre-clearing their dangerous goods must submit their manifests at least 48 hours in advance of the intended sailing time. For such carriers the strict application of the time limit can be waived, providing the document accompanying the shipment is identical to the document submitted for pre-clearance. Ensure that phone and facsimile numbers are included with your faxed document. 
    • See below under DOCUMENTATION for a downloadable copy of a generic Shipping Document and Fax Cover Page including terminal facsimile numbers.


  • Vehicle must be at the terminal of departure
    • 45 minutes prior to sailing time at Major Terminals, and
    • 30 minutes prior to sailing time at Minor Terminals
  • Driver of the vehicle must declare all dangerous goods prior to purchase of ticket
  • Northern Terminals: Prince Rupert, Port Hardy, Skidegate — customers are required to check with the terminal for specific time-limits, due to the unique reservation requirements in that area.
  • Driver carrying Dangerous Goods that are regulated must present a Dangerous Goods Shipping Document for inspection. All relevant dangerous goods information i.e. UN number, shipping name, etc. must be included.
  • All carriers transporting Dangerous Goods (DG) must ensure that the transport vehicle has the appropriate safety markings and that their Dangerous Goods documentation is accurate
  • All marine pollutants and flash points of Class 3 flammable products must be indicated in the shipping document
  • For further inquiries about the transportation of dangerous goods, please contact us for more information.
  • If the above information does not answer your concerns and you have difficulty reaching the terminals, please email your concerns to us to and we will respond to you as soon as we can.
  • You can also phone our head office at 250-978-1152, or send a fax to 250-​386-1652.

Please click here for general information on transporting Dangerous Goods.

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