Dangerous Goods

Canadian North Cargo's extensive experience in dangerous goods handling makes us the safe choice for transporting your dangerous cargo. As soon as your shipment arrives at our terminal, it is placed in a secure environment, handled by dedicated specialists, and then loaded onto the aircraft. Your cargo is given high priority handling during transit, and can be made available for pick-up within 90 minutes of arrival.

Canadian North does not provide delivery of Dangerous Goods in the following locations:

  • Rankin Inlet
  • Kugluktuk

Defining Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are articles or substances which are capable of posing a significant risk to health, safety or property when transported by air. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) categorizes dangerous goods into nine classes:

  • Class 1: Explosives
  • Class 2: Gas
  • Class 3: Flammable liquids
  • Class 4: Flammable solids
  • Class 5: Oxidizing substances and organic peroxides
  • Class 6: Poisonous (toxic) and infectious substances
  • Class 7: Radioactive materials
  • Class 8: Corrosives
  • Class 9: Miscellaneous articles and substances: asbestos; dry ice; environmentally hazardous substances; life-saving devices; machines incorporating internal combustion engines; magnetized material; polymeric beads; self-propelled vehicles; zinc dithionite; any liquid or solid which has anesthetic, noxious or other similar properties which could cause extreme annoyance or discomfort to passengers and/or flight crew members

Packing Group Criteria

Dangerous goods are assigned to the relevant packing group according to the degree of hazard they represent:

  • Packing Group I: great danger
  • Packing Group II: medium danger
  • Packing Group III: minor danger

Please see your IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations concerning packing group criteria for specific classes of dangerous goods.

Shipper's Responsibility

A shipper must comply fully with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations when offering a consignment of dangerous goods. In addition, shippers must comply with any applicable regulations set forth by the country of origin, transit, and destination. Before any package of dangerous goods is offered for transportation by air, the shipper must comply with the following specific responsibilities:

  • The shipper must ensure that the articles or substance is not prohibited for transportation by air.
  • The articles or substance must be properly identified, classified, packed, marked, labelled, documented and in the condition for transport in accordance with IATA regulations.
  • Before a consignment of dangerous goods can be offered for transport, all relevant persons involved in its preparation must have received training to enable them to carry out their responsibilities.

For further information on special cargo contact your local Canadian North Cargo office.