Intermodal Asia, which was originally scheduled to be staged in March 2020, will now be held at the SWECC in Shanghai on July 14–16 2020.
Rob Fisher, group director Informa Markets, commented: “We have been closely following developments since the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan in December 2019. First and foremost, our thoughts and support go out to our colleagues, partners and clients in China during this uncertain time.
“After careful consultation with our joint venture partners the China Container Industry Association (CCIA), the in-depth discussion with the venue, we have taken the decision to reschedule this year’s event to ensure the safety of our visitors, exhibitors and staff. By delaying Intermodal Asia, we are providing the container shipping and intermodal sectors time to recover from any setbacks experienced as a consequence of the outbreak and its effect on global trade.”
Huang Tianhua, president of CCIA, vice president of CIMC Group said: “We greatly appreciate the decision to postpone Intermodal Asia 2020. It reflects the organiser’s responsible attitude towards the safety and health of its international exhibitors and visitors, but also reflects confidence in China’s ability to quickly overcome the outbreak.”
Li Muyuan, executive vice president and secretary general of CCIA, added: “It is expected that in the first quarter of this year, China’s container manufacturing, transportation and service companies will be affected to some extent due to the outbreak. This includes delays in resuming production and operations, and supply chain instability.
However, we believe that the decisive approach and resolute measures across China means the epidemic will soon be contained. Afterwards, operations will quickly return to their original levels, and may even be boosted by a compensatory rebound.