FocusChina to curb Shanghai dangerous chems transport from May-Oct

22 March 2010 06:22  [Source: ICIS news]

By Judith Wang

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--China will take measures to supervise and restrict the transportation of dangerous chemicals in Shanghai from April, ahead of the six-month long world exposition in the city, industry sources said on Monday.

The Shanghai World Expo 2010, which would run from May to October on a 5.28 square-kilometre site at the core of the city, is expected to draw 200 participants and 70m visitors from China and abroad, based on its website.

Restrictions on dangerous chemicals would intensify next month, industry sources said.

All trucks loaded with dangerous chemicals would be required to secure a “special passport” in entering Shanghai, according to a newsletter posted on the Shanghai government's website.

“For some toxic chemicals like toluene di-isocyanate (TDI), security guards would escort the transport trucks,” said a local trader.

Transportation of flammable and combustible chemicals would be prohibited from 10:00am to 4:00pm (0300-0800 GMT) from 15 June to 15 October, based on the government’s newsletter.

Production and usage of dangerous chemicals would also be placed under strict government scrutiny for the duration of the Shanghai World Expo, according to the website.

The Shanghai port would also be restricting shipments of toxic chemicals from April, with cargoes likely to be diverted to nearby ports, industry sources said.

“I think the procedure will be the same as that in Beijing Olympics. The impact will be very limited as long as we declare in advance and prepare the documents as per requirement. We don’t worry too much,” said a phenol producer.

Events and forums revolving around the theme “Better City, Better Life” would kick off in Shanghai in May.

According to the official website of Expo 2010 Shanghai, sales of Expo 2010 licensed products have so far reached yuan (CNY) 8bn ($1.17bn), about 40% of the target set by the event organisers.

($1 = CNY6.83)

Vera Huang and Jessia Shen of CBI China contributed to this article

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