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Perishable Goods

With over 30 years of operating experience, Air North has developed very efficient and effective handling techniques for chilled and frozen products.

What is the definition of perishable goods?

Perishable shipments are those that, due to their nature, will spoil without proper care and handling. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Produce
  • Seafood
  • Floral products
  • Fruits
  • Medical supplies
  • Water samples
  • Live tropical fish.

Perishable shipments are very time sensitive due to their susceptibility to temperature extremes making it imperative to tender the items at the appropriate times. We recommend shipping perishable freight at priority rates.

Are there packaging regulations when shipping perishable goods?

Packaging requirements are in place to help ensure the freshness of your shipment as well as protect aircraft from damage caused by leaking boxes or shipping containers.

Since the carriage of food items has an important impact on public health, Air North exercises extreme care to ensure that packages are adequately protected against leakage, spillage and contamination from other cargo.

Perishable goods must be packed to withstand:

  • 48 hours transit time domestically (within Canada shipping via connecting airline)
  • 8 to 12 physical handlings
  • Pressure of up to 60 lbs. per square foot
  • Sliding on any surface
  • A 12-inch drop to any surface
  • 30 seconds in the rain
  • Styrofoam outer packaging is not acceptable.

Fresh Seafood

Shipments of fresh seafood must follow the general packaging guidelines for perishables (see above), as well as:

  • Placed inside a polyethylene bag at least 4 millimeters thick (or two 2 millimeter thick bags) and pressure sealed, knotted or professionally folded to prevent leakage.
  • Packed in a multi-walled, wax impregnated fiberboard outer container or box with leak-proof corners or leak-proof plastic or fiberglass containers and must not exceed the manufacturer's maximum capacity.
  • Absorbent materials must be placed between the polyethylene bag and the outer or inner container.
  • Outer container or box must be banded or taped with a minimum of 2 bands around the width of the box.

Live Seafood

Shipments of live seafood must follow the general and fresh seafood packaging guidelines for perishables, as well as:

  • When using self-oxygenating containers, the shipper must provide, on company letterhead, a statement that leakage will not occur.
  • Shipping containers must be marked "LIVE ANIMALS" or "LIVE SEAFOOD" and "DO NOT TIP, DO NOT TURN OVER".

Where and when should I drop my perishable cargo shipment off?

Refer to the Cargo Contact Details section for appropriate drop off and pick up times for each flight at each station.

Some Air North Cargo offices have refrigeration available to store perishables during the shipping process This feature is not always available and is offered on a 'first come, first served' basis. Air North cannot guarantee refrigeration for any specific perishable shipment. It is highly recommended to route your perishable shipment to arrive at the final destination (transferring with another airline) during cargo office hours.

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Hunters & Fishermen

Air North realizes that hunting and fishing is a major part of the Yukon's heritage therefore we strive to provide our customers with the most accommodating services possible when it comes to shipping firearms, game, and trophies.

What permits are required to export wildlife products out of the Yukon?

A Wildlife Export Permit is required to remove any wildlife products out of the Yukon. Wildlife Export Permits are available at an Environment Yukon office:

Location Address Phone Number
Whitehorse, Yukon #6 Burns Road 867.667.5652
Dawson City, Yukon #600, 5th Avenue 867.993.5492
Old Crow, Yukon RCMP Out Station 867.966.3040

  • If the animal was obtained in British Columbia and brought to the Yukon for shipping back to British Columbia, only a copy of the Hunter's License and Permit is required for shipping.
  • If shipping international an additional permit is required for animals classified as endangered species, for example: Grizzly Bears, Bison, Wolf, etc. The permit required is a CITES Permit. This license can also be obtained at an Environment Yukon office.

What information and / or identification is required to obtain export permits?

  • Name and address of shipper / receiver
  • Hunting license number in which the animal was taken with
  • If you were not the individual who took the animal, instead you were gifted or purchased the meat, you will need the hunting license number for which the animal was taken under.

Check out Environment Yukon's home page for further information. Or contact their office at (867) 667.5652 or toll free in the Yukon at 1.800.661.0408 ext 5652.

How could I go about shipping antlers, meat or hides out of the Yukon?

  • Acquire all permits needed to ship wildlife product out of the Yukon
  • All antlers must be shipped as cargo
  • Normal Tariff will be charged (dimensional weight charges may apply)
  • Shipments must include consignee's name, complete address, contact phone numbers, and most importantly, a Yukon Export Permit
  • Antlers must be completely cleaned and meat free
  • To avoid damage in transit the shipper should crate the antlers. If crating is not possible, in the very least, the antler tips must be covered to protect from damage and protect other cargo/baggage from being damaged. If the antlers are not crated they are to be shipped at owner’s risk and Air North cannot be held responsible if damage occurs.

How could I go about shipping animal or fish products?

  • All shipments must be clean and clear of blood and packaged in such ways as no spillage or seepage will occur
  • Outer cartons should be wax treated and the inner carton must be leak proof
  • Each container should be of a size and weight that is convenient for handling
  • Boxes must be able to withstand 2 or more similar containers being stacked on top without crushing
  • "THIS SIDE UP" and "PERISHABLE" must be marked on at least 2 sides of the box and the consignee's complete name, address, and contact information must also be marked on the box.

Can I carry bear spray or bear bangers?

  • The carriage of bear spray and bear bangers is forbidden on Air North, Yukon’s Airline flights with the sole exception of those destined to Old Crow, Yukon (from Whitehorse to Old Crow, Dawson City to Old Crow, or Inuvik to Old Crow only).

What are the procedures with regards to shipping firearms?

  • All firearms are subject to inspection on request by the members of Royal Canadian Mounted Police or employees of Air North, Yukon’s Airline.
  • The carriage of ammunition is restricted and subject to rules specified under Transport Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations
  • Firearms must be unloaded, with the bolt removed, and stored in a locked case.

For further information on shipping special cargo, contact Air North Cargo at 1.800.661.0407 ext. 2, or (867) 668.2228 ext. 2.

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Live Animals

Air North Cargo welcomes many types of live animals for transportation on-board our aircraft. For details, please visit "Pets & Jets" or contact our Cargo team at 1.800.661.0407 ext. 2, or (867) 668.2228 ext. 2.

Since 1977 we have been moving cargo and have shipped thousands of different animals, of many different species. All of our cargo agents are trained to handle each type of animal with the utmost care and respect.

For details on shipping your live animals and pets with Air North Cargo, please refer to the "Pets & Jets" page in our Travel Information section.

Dangerous Goods

Defining Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods are articles or substances that are capable of posing a significant risk to health, safety, or property when transported by air. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Transport Canada group dangerous goods into nine classes:

CLASS 1 Explosives
CLASS 3 Flammable liquids
CLASS 4 Flammable solids
CLASS 5 Oxidizing substances and organic peroxides
CLASS 6 Poisonous (toxic) and infectious substances (infectious not accepted)
CLASS 7 Radioactive materials (radioactive not accepted)
CLASS 8 Corrosives
CLASS 9 Miscellaneous articles and substances: asbestos; dry ice; environmentally hazardous substances; life saving devices; machines incorporating internal combustion engines; magnetized material; polymeric beads; self-propelled vehicles; zinc dithionite; any liquid or solid which has anesthetic, noxious or other similar properties which could cause extreme annoyance or discomfort to passengers and/or flight crew members.
  * Air North does not accept shipments of infectious substances or radioactive materials.

Shippers Responsibilities:

A shipper must comply fully with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and Transport Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations when offering a consignment of dangerous goods. In addition, shippers must comply with any applicable regulations set forth by the country of origin, transit, and destinations. Before any package of dangerous goods is offered for transportation by air, the shipper must comply with the following specific responsibilities:

  • International regulations must be followed to ensure safety of passengers and crew.
  • The shipper must ensure that the articles or substance is not prohibited for transportation by air.
  • The articles or substance must be properly identified, classified, packed, marked, labeled, documented and in the condition for transport in accordance with IATA regulations.
  • Before a consignment of dangerous goods can be offered for transport, all relevant persons involved in its preparation must have received training to enable them to carry out their responsibilities.

It is the responsibility of the shipper to determine if dangerous goods are in their cargo and if so to declare them to the carrier by way of properly completed IATA Shipper's Declaration. Not declaring dangerous goods is a serious offence under federal law and is the shipper's responsibility.

Dangerous Goods into Limited Access Communities

Old Crow is considered a limited access community. Being a limited access community, it is entitled to receive and ship certain types of dangerous goods that are exempt from some of the regulations listed above. This allows for a more affordable and easier way of shipping less hazardous dangerous goods into the community that is only accessible by air.

The following is a list of dangerous goods that falls into the limited access category:

UN Number Shipping Name Packaging Instructions Labeling Shipping Document
UN1011 Butane PI 200 & TDGR 12.9(10) (a) & (b) Flammable Gas Not Required
UN1012 Butylene
UN1055 Isobutylene
UN1075 Liquified Petroleum Gases
UN1077 Propylene
UN1969 Isobutane
UN1978 Propane
UN1044 Fire Extinguishers PI 213 & TDGR 12.9 (8) Non- Flammable Gas Label Not Required
UN1202 Diesel Fuel Pack as shown in TDGR 12.9 (3) & (4)
UN1203 Gasoline
UN1219 Isopropanol
UN1223 Kerosene
UN1863 Fuel Aviation, Turbine Engine, PAcking Group II & III only
UN1268 Petroleum Distillates N.O.S. Packing Group II & III only
UN1496 Sodium Chlorite Pack as shown in TDGR 12.9 (12) Oxidizer Label Not Required
UN2800 Batteries - wet, non-spillable PI 806 Corrosive Label Not Required
UN2795 Batteris - wet, filled with Alkali PI 800
UN2794 Batteries - wet, filled with Acid PI 800
UN1791 Hypochlorite Solution Packed as shown in TDGR 12.9 (12)
Miscellaneous CLASS 9
UN3166 Engines - Internal Combustion (eg. Snowmobiles, Outboard Motors) PI 900 Marking and labelling only required if engine is totally closed Not Required

Dangerous Goods Rates

For rates relating to the transport of dangerous goods, please refer to the Cargo Rates section of this site.

All Dangerous Goods shipments are subject to a $50.00 + GST/HST administration fee.

For further information on shipping dangerous goods contact your local Air North Cargo Office.


Air North is very serious about the care and sensitivity of transporting departed loved ones to their final resting place. Our cargo agents are trained to coordinate professional shipping arrangements with funeral homes and mortuaries. It is possible to accompany the deceased as a passenger on the same aircraft.

Please contact your funeral director or mortuary for more information on this service. Any further questions please contact Air North, Yukon’s Airline Cargo at 1.800.661.0407 ext. 2 or (867) 668.2228 ext. 2.

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