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#1 User is offline   Puzuma 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 12:30 PM

Ok... Got an email back from Transport Canada in regards to a question about tacking a DOT approved tank into Canada.

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Dear Mr. Lavallee,

Thank you for your question.

Compressed gas cylinders are regulated in Canada by the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations which require cylinders to be manufactured in accordance with the National Standard of Canada CAN/CSA-B339, "Cylinders, Spheres and Tubes for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods". Cylinders manufactured to CSA B339 would be marked with the letters "TC" followed by the specification designation and service pressure in bar.

Cylinders that are not manufactured to a specification described in CSA B339 may not be used in Canada to transport dangerous goods including compressed gases. Such cylinders may not be modified or marked to meet a TC specification. A paintball cylinder that is not manufactured to a TC specification may not be used in Canada and there are no provisions which would otherwise allow it to be used.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any other questions.

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Should a border guard be aware of this I would expect that your tank could be confiscated as unsafe. All the contact info is there should you need to get more info from them.

All we need now is someone to post something similar from DOT.
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 12:46 AM

I sent an email to the DOT. I'll post back what their reply is.
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 02:10 PM

I received an email from the DOT. They transferred me to the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (HAZMAT).
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 02:18 PM

Why doesn't that surprise me?
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 08:00 PM

Honestly, I was going to send an email to HAZMAT first, however, I figured since the stamp was DOT they would be able to answer.

Not surprising at all. :P
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 08:08 AM

Okay, HAZMAT called me this morning at 7:59am CST.

I was told that as long as the tank meets Canadian regulations, I.E. has the proper TC stamp, and is packaged properly it is legal to bring it into the US. I asked him if it mattered whether or not it mattered if they tank was within hydro or not. He told me no, that it did not matter, just as long as it meets Canadian regulations. He went on to tell me that the US recognizes and is in agreement with the TC on this matter, however, TC doesn't agree with US DOT and therefore doesn't allow DOT only cylinders in the country. He did tell me though that they are working to have a unified standard so that the Canadian TC would allow US DOT only tanks into the country.

So, it is safe to say, if your Canadian and entering the country with your paintball gear, you shouldn't lose your HPA tank when you cross the border. Just make sure to properly pack it before you leave.
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