Most of the talk in the world
today is about the human condition in the face of the
COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is praying that it does not become a plague.
From the City of Wuhan in Hubei Province,
China, the most unwelcome thing ever “Made in China” a coronavirus,
nobody knows how to tame, let alone cure, has in a few short weeks, maybe
forever altered the way humans live and work in almost every corner of
For air cargo planners hoping to get out
to meet and greet customers and network at a transportation trade show,
it’s a whole new ballgame.
Here are some events, big and small, that
benchmark the air cargo year and what has happened in just the past few
weeks since COVID-19 burst upon the world.
As this is written, the 26th Intermodal
South America is still scheduled in Sao Paulo, Brazil for March 17-19.
The success of arguably the biggest transportation
and logistics trade show in the Americas seems to fly into the face of
the COVID-19 pandemic scare right now. We hear from a FlyingTypers source in Europe that as many as “50% plus of the exhibitors and
attendees at the Sao Paulo event have cancelled.”
On their website, Intermodal South America,
which is organized by Informa PLC., says that the show will go on as planned.
“We reinforce,” the website
states, “with respect to the confirmed exhibitors, the dates for
the 26th Intermodal South America are kept.
“Therefore, any rumors relating to
the cancellation of the trade show are not accurate.
“The event organizers,” Informa
said, “opted for the continuity out of respect for the exhibitors
who have already confirmed their presence and the visitors who have already
performed their pre-accreditation, which amounts to 11% more in volume
of accreditation as compared to the same period last year.”
Intermodal South America claimed more than
32,000 attendees in 2019, drawing in more than 550 exhibitors including
airlines, forwarders, heavy equipment, and more from over 22 countries
all across the globe.
Informa PLC. is the world’s largest
operator of events and exhibitions.
Informa, according to The Financial
Times of London has had to scrap or postpone events worth more than
USD$580 million during the COVID-19 global rampage.
Informa, publisher of the granddaddy shipping
publication, the 282 year-old Lloyd's List, realizes two thirds of its
revenues and profits from trade shows.
Since onset of COVID-19, Informa has seen
its stock lose more than a quarter of value in just the past three weeks.
Seafood Boston Falls Victim to
The Seafood Expo North America, also known
as the Boston Seafood Show, harbinger of Spring for the past 40 years,
has cancelled its event scheduled for March 15-17 at the Hynes Convention
Center in downtown Boston.
The self-proclaimed “Seafood Marketplace
for North America”, an enormous industry event organized by a company
called Diversified Communications draws the entire gamut of service providers
including freight forwarders and airlines plus hundreds of fish suppliers
But the hammer here could be the Massachusetts
Convention Center Authority that may not have wanted an event with estimated
twenty-five thousand people in close quarters, eating and drinking and
doing business during the three-day event.
The trade show organizer said that they
are looking at “alternative options.”
CNS Partnership In Texas April
CNS Partnership President “Gentleman”
Mike White writes, “Over the past few days, many of our members
and partners inquired about the 30th CNS Partnership Conference, which
is scheduled to take place in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, April 26-28.
“At this stage, the CNS team continues
to plan accordingly for the 2020 edition.
“We are grateful for the support of
our sponsors, exhibitors and delegates who continue to plan ahead with
us,” Gentleman Mike writes.
“If the situation changes, we will
inform you immediately and all delegates would be eligible for a credit
or a refund.
“The same would apply if you were
unable to join us because of travel restrictions from your company or
“For further information, please reach
out to our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cnsc.net for
weekly updates,” Gentleman Mike concludes.
Cargo Chalets Are Key
While the official word from CNS is that
the show is a go, this year’s CNS Partnership Conference marks 30
years of a truly grand and good event. One of the reasons CNS is a gem
of a yearly event is because of the tremendous networking opportunities
afforded to the airline forwarder partners.
At CNS, somewhere on the grounds of the
Conference hotel location are “The Chalets” where the airlines
host an almost non-stop succession of appointments with their major customers
during every day of the CNS Partnership Conference.
The Chalets are the focal rendezvous locations
where airline and freight forwarders meet face-to-face, back-to-back,
even having food brought in, to maximize the allotted time.
Will the customers show up in face of mounting
calls to hunker down at home or will CNS suffer the fate of IATA World
Cargo Symposium, that as you read this was supposed to be in high gear
earlier this week in Istanbul, or the cancelled FIATA Headquarters session
in Zurich March 26?
Both of these great events were cancelled
as COVID-19 concerns continue to escalate.
For air cargo, maybe this coronavirus journey
into the unknown, is telling us that it is time to step back and allow
this strange trip we are all on to play out, so that later we can get
back together at a time, when things have settled down.
JFK Air Cargo Expo Called Off
On Monday March 8, The JFK Air Cargo Association(ACA)
in New York sent out an e-mail survey asking people expecting to attend
the JFK Air Cargo Expo 2020 scheduled for later this month on Thursday,
March 26, 2020 their views on rescheduling the event.
Well, the results were apparently overwhelming
negative, as less than 24 hours later the Expo was cancelled for March
On the association website it is stated
that the event would be rescheduled for later this year.
“We have made the extremely difficult
but necessary decision to postpone,” the announcement continued.
“We had to make some quick, tough
decisions and the health, safety, and well-
being of our attendees comes first.
“We are now quickly working on some
potential dates to hold the event.”