Dangerous Goods


Dangerous Goods 

To ensure the safety of the aircraft, there are certain items that are not allowed on board and some items that are allowed only under certain conditions.

An easy way to determine whether or not your item(s) are dangerous goods is to obtain the SDS (Safety Data Sheet) for that item.

  1. Look under Section 14 – Transport Information
  2. If it indicates it’s not regulated for air transport, then it’s exempted
  3. If it lists a UN Number and Proper Shipping Name, then it’s considered a dangerous good

There are many items we use day to day that are hazardous such as propane, gasoline, gas and battery powered items, cleaning supplies, oil-based paints, etc.    

If any item has hazardous properties (flammable, corrosive, explosive, toxic or pressurized), they may need to be properly documented, packaged, marked and labeled.  In order to do this, you need to have Dangerous Goods Certification for a Shipper.  The other option would be to find a Third-party Shipper to assure all the regulations have been met.


When transporting hazardous items, you will need to have reference to either an ICAO or IATA manual to ensure regulations have been met.  For any Canadian exemption, refer to the TDGR.  Hazardous items must have the following:

  • Proper documentation (A Shipper’s Declaration)
  • Proper containers (These may need to be approved containers)
  • Proper markings and labels (Refer to ICAO or IATA manuals)

If you are not familiar with the above procedures, you can get a third-party shipper to prepare your package.


A charter aircraft is considered a “Cargo” aircraft, so quantities and restrictions for dangerous goods are based on you can transport on a cargo aircraft.

For a more detailed and updated list of dangerous goods, please refer to the Transport Canada and CATSA websites.

Note: Any undeclared Dangerous Good that is found during a search / scan of a package must be held for future inspection by Transport Canada. These items may or may not be returned to you at their discretion.

When shipping dangerous goods (or travelling with dangerous goods) you must ensure the item is made known to the shipper and packaged and handled according to Transport Canada dangerous goods regulations.

If you have any questions regarding shipping (or travelling with) dangerous goods, please contact Cargo (1-844-633-6294 or cargo@northstarair.ca). our in-house dangerous goods expert will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your item(s).