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How do you see the future of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Shipping Document?

7 months ago

Consultation has concluded

  • DCNagy 6 months ago
    Electronic transport documentation would allow for timely and accurate updates to goods in the transportation cycle. When carriers are picking up or dropping off goods, information can be updated immediately to all who require it including shippers, consignees, and the carriers themselves. Electronic information will increase efficiencies across the entire supply chain by ensuring information is received end to end without having to hand off paper documents which then must be uploaded/updated to electronic systems. This would be especially important for emergency responders responding to a road or rail incident to have immediate updated accurate documentation. Electronic information would also reduce expenses for paper and printers
  • BLadds 6 months ago
    I don't believe this sector is ready to remove paper.
  • TDG Guy 6 months ago
    The future can be managed through many different IT platforms or systems (i.e. Enterro, termlinxx, Drearman, Excel, Cellphones, TMW in cab technology, fill form electronic PDF documents, etc.) & must allow for flexibility & customization for industry. I believe select organizations including Carriers, Consignors & Consignees should be selected for the pilot so that a full scale shipper to receiver cycle can be tested to ensure efficiencies, accessibility, compatibility with the use of different send & receive platforms.
  • LJH 6 months ago
    The future would be completely electronic with only using paper in emergency situations; however, the electronic shipping document requirements should be based on TDG requirements and not on ideal format which can be simple to implement and use as well as allow flexibility to customize it for individual business needs. This will encourage people to implement it across the industries. Electronic shipping documentation would significantly reduce some of the common gaps within industry such as missing signatures and dates resulting from manual paperwork.
    • LJH 6 months ago
      Additional comments/suggestions on the initiative: There is no mention in the overview document regarding international partnerships such as IATA and IMDG. How would these shipments be handled when part of the shipment is by road or rail going to a port or airport. Another consideration is how do companies who are completely electronic interact with companies who still use paper in the same supply chain – how would this be managed within the sandbox? In the overview document, it mentions only carriers have approvals; however, shippers are in most cases providing the documentation which originates from the shipper’s end and the consignee who must receive a copy as well. It may be as simple as having TC manage a drop box, where shippers send/upload their electronic shipping documents to this website for the carrier to download and approve on their cellphone then they forward it to the consignee. Again, the sandbox would have to ensure any program used would interface with other IT systems (e.g. GSAP, Terminal Management System, etc.) efficiently to assess the feasibility of electronic documents. Any electronic device (either tablet or cellphone) that the carrier uses needs to be intrinsically safe in cases where flammable vapors or explosion hazards exist. A standardized issued device or personal cell or table would not be safe or suitable in all scenarios and situations.
  • Terry Soulsby 7 months ago
    I see an easy functional, traceable, and user-friendly process, that will increase the productivity, reliability and safety (of shipping in all modes) for shippers, customers and carriers.
  • Fred Bergeron 7 months ago
    I see a definite need to move to electronic documentation with the shipping transactions being stored in a cloud-based system that can provide cradle to grave tracking for RAM and interface with a wide range of mobile devices to provide near real time input.
  • Gord Snider 7 months ago
    The future is electronic. It is easier, more accurate, more efficient, and easier to access
  • eplante 7 months ago
    ability to push electronic PDF's to other systems (like ELD's), tablets, smart phones. With functionality to insert signatures, adjust return volumes, and forward to other parties as needed. Information being held in the cloud for auditing and traceability. Information to be managed by the users and not in a central repository under TC. Provide users flexibility to use digital forms as long as the intent of the remainder of the legislation is being met; such as archiving etc.
  • NOVALERT 7 months ago
    QR codes on containers and shipping documents which connect to each other. That is, scanning the shipping container QR code would link to the password-protected electronic shipping document and SDS. Scanning the paper-copy shipping document's QR code could provide password-protected information about the location of the transport.
  • Gordon Lynch 7 months ago
    The future is electronic. It is easier, more accurate, more efficient, and easier to access.
  • AWheeler 7 months ago
    Hand-held devices, bar codes, discreet entries verified by standard references, automated information distribution.