Can I ship dangerous goods to Brazil with my TDG training certificate? – ICC Compliance Center Inc – United States


The answer is no.

Shipping Dangerous Goods from Canada to Brazil

Now the background story

I received an email from a very nice lady (let’s call her Jane), who is registered for our public TDG training coming in a few weeks at our office in Delta, BC.

She said she has a product that needs to be shipped to Brazil, which she has been told is dangerous goods. Jane wanted to know if we sell corrosive labels and if we can complete the dangerous goods document or if she could do it herself after completing her training. I asked Jane to call me; sometimes it’s just easier to talk on the phone.

Training or repackaging?

On a call, I asked her if she was taking our public air training (IATA) and she said: “No. Just TDG“. I explained to Jane that by completing the TDG training, she will be certified to ship, handle, transport and import dangerous goods into Canada by road, rail and the Navy; therefore, even afterwards Having completed her TDG training, she cannot ship dangerous goods to Brazil.

After clarifying this with her, I told her that if she wanted to ship this product to Brazil, she would either have to take an airline training course or use our repackaging service.

I gave him a reconditioning quote and explained: “This is what we do“.

Sometimes it is not financially worth it for companies to take aviation and / or maritime training, because when you add the cost of the training, the cost of regulatory publications, documentation and retention of everything, etc. may be cheaper to send the product to us. for reconditioning. Especially when they’re only shipped through these modes, maybe a few times a year. Jane thanked me and said she would be in touch.

Two days later…

Two days later I got a call from another person in Jane’s business. Let’s call him Jack.

Jack was asking about shipping limited cargo by air. I asked Jack if he was air trained and he told me he had taken a class a long time ago. I asked him if his training was still valid and he said no (Note: IATA training is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.). His flight training had expired a few years ago, but his TDG training was still valid.

I knew exactly where it was going… Jane told Jack about our conversation and Jack figured he might be able to ship it since he had been through aerial training before. I explained to Jack that anyone shipping dangerous goods must have a current and valid certification in this mode of transport.

I then informed him that unless someone in their company has valid aviation certification, they cannot ship dangerous goods… legally. I suggested to Jack that Jane or someone else take our public aviation training or bring us the product and we will prepare it for airlift.

Jack decided he would ask us to do the reconditioning and also enroll Jane in our flight training. Excellent decision. He can release his product immediately using our services and be compliant for future shipments.

The product was dropped off at our office and we repackaged it to make sure it complies with IATA regulations. Since I haven’t heard from our client, I guess he left without any problems. Another successful reconditioning job with a compliance promotion aspect!


Milton S. Rodgers

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