Tank Endorsement NOT Required When Hauling to US
According to the BC Trucking Association, some Canadian tank truck drivers are being asked why they do not have a tank endorsement on their Class 1 licences by US enforcement officers. According to US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements, "a driver must have a tank endorsement on a commercial driver’s licence if he or she is driving a commercial motor vehicle that is designed to transport any liquid or gaseous materials within a tank or tanks having an individual rated capacity of more than 119 gallons and an aggregate rated capacity of 1,000 gallons or more that is either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or the chassis. The exception to this requirement is a commercial motor vehicle transporting an empty storage container tank, not designed for transportation, with a rated capacity of 1,000 gallons or more that is temporarily attached to a flatbed trailer [which] is not considered a tank vehicle."
However, in 1988 it was decided by Canada and US that the testing and issuance of commercial driver’s licences in each respective country is similar, and the two countries signed a Reciprocity Agreement that acknowledges that fact. As a result, Section 383.23 of the US Code of Federal Regulation  Specifies that Canadian drivers DO NOT need a tank endorsement due to this existing reciprocity agreement. There is, therefore, no such thing as a “tank endorsement” on a driver’s licence issued in any Canadian jurisdiction.
It is important to note that since hazardous commodities are often transported in tanks, carriers must ensure that they are meeting all requirements related to transporting dangerous goods cross border. Drivers must have a Transportation of Dangerous Goods training certificate when transporting hazardous materials, as well as undergo a background check – for a Canadian driver, possession of a valid Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Program Card or Transportation Worker Identity Card (TWIC)  satisfies this requirement.
Source: You DO NOT Require a Tank Endorsement When Hauling in the US, by the British Columbia Trucking Association (August 28, 2014).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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