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Controls on rat poison

RESIDENTS will have to register their names to buy rat poison and pesticide from April 15, as the city beefs up security on explosives, toxic and radioactive goods ahead of the World Expo.

Shops selling such products have been asked to keep detailed records of buyers, according to new safety management measures.

Few pharmacies and drugstores carry rat poison although some are authorized to sell mousetraps. Residents usually apply to buy rat poison through neighborhood committees.

Shanghai will be subject to tightened controls on hazardous goods until November 15. Authorities will also limit the sale and production of toxic chemical goods.

Vehicles transporting toxic, explosive, and dangerous chemical cargos must be safeguarded by local security companies when passing through the downtown area.

Controls on shipping dangerous goods to the city ports have already begun, with boats restricted to passing the Expo site between 4am and 8am along the Huangpu River.

During the 184-day event, more than 1,000 ships of all kinds are expected to pass through the controlled area. About 10 percent of them will carry oil or chemicals, maritime authorities said.

Companies transporting hazardous chemicals must apply for a special license from the city's transport authorities and ensure all vehicles are fitted with a Global Positioning System device.


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