New Limited Quantity Mark

Transport Canada announced at the COSTHA annual forum that they are moving quickly to update the regulations to permit the use of the new limited quantity mark:

New limited Quantity Mark

Click here to see our limited quantity labels.

Marie-France Dagenais, Director-General of the Dangerous Goods Directorate at Transport Canada told the forum that equivalency certificates will be issued to shippers that apply for them, to allow them to use the new mark. It is expected that an amendment on dangerous goods safety marks will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, sometime in June of this year.



This year’s Forum was held in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Hilton Scottsdale Hotel.

Sunday started with a course – Safe and Compliant Transportation of Batteries presented by Tom Ferguson (COSTHA) and Brendan Sullivan (IATA).

Japan does not allow the first year of an IMDG Code amendment to be optional, it is mandatory. For the 35th Amendment, the following do not apply during 2011:

  • Limited quantity mark
  • UN3171 Battery powered equipment
  • UN3476 Fuel cell cartridges (packed with or in equipment)

For lithium, there are cells: cylindrical, prismatic and polymer; for batteries: laptop, camcorder, hybrid vehicles (to name a few). When looking at lithium, we need to look at cells vs. batteries. For lithium ion, we use ELC – equivalent lithium content or watt hour (Wh) rating. These can include lithium cobalt, lithium ion phosphate, etc. For lithium metal, the content of the lithium is used. Lithium cells/batteries are subject to the UN Manual of Test and Criteria, section 38.3. This section outlines the tests required, such as:

  • Altitude
  • Vibration
  • Shock
  • Short circuit, and
  • Overcharging

If the cells/batteries do not pass the tests, then they would require competent authority approval.

For shipping lithium batteries by air, each packing instruction has 3 sections – general, section 1 fully regulated and section 2 excepted. For shipments under section 2, the requirements are similar to SP188 of the UN Recommendations. These are excepted shipments not non-restricted; in other words, the batteries are still dangerous Continue Reading…

2009 COSTHA Forum

This year’s COSTHA Forum was held in Long Beach, California from March 29 – April 1.

Some of the speakers were:

  • Geoff Leach, Civil Aviation Authority, UK
  • Janet McLaughlin, Divisions Manager, US DOT FAA
  • Duane Pfund, Director International Standards, US DOT PHMSA
  • Robert Richard, Deputy Associate Administrator, US DOT PHMSA
  • Brendan Sullivan, Manager, Cargo Standards, IATA
  • William Schoonover, Federal Railroad Administration
  • Dave Madsen, Hazmat Analyst, AutoLiv, Inc.
  • L’Gena Prevatt, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Josefine Gullo, Swedish Rescue Services Agency
  • Chen Zhegcai, Director of Transport and Safety, Ministry of Transport, China
  • Sean Broderick, Regulatory Compliance Manager, Procter & Gamble

and the list goes on. But in looking at the list, someone is missing.

There were two federal agencies from over the pond—UK and Sweden—plus one federal agency from half way around the world – China.

The federal agency that was conspicuous by its absence, Transport Canada, is right next door to the host country. Where were they? In this time of harmonization of regulations, it would have been nice to have representation from Transport Canada to give the Canadian perspective on this issue.