Messe München and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) are canceling the air cargo forum Miami & transport logistic Americas 2020 as the event is the latest to fall victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The two organisations say the move was taken based on the fact that the majority of registered participants were unable to attend because of the pandemic. The event had been scheduled for 10-12 November in Miami.
“Messe München and TIACA have always been committed to providing a much-needed platform in the US to the air cargo, logistics and supply chain management communities,” says Gerhard Gerritzen, deputy managing director of Messe München.
“Given the drastic impact the global Covid-19 pandemic currently has in Florida, we regret that holding the events this year is unfortunately not possible. With this, we also take into account the latest feedback and interest of the industry, that is heavily affected by the current crisis, and decided to reschedule for November 2022.”
The cancellation is also based on the current developments in Florida/Miami – which are experiencing some of the worst outbreaks of Covid-19 infection in the entire US – the recent restrictions imposed in Miami-Dade County to curb the spread of COVID19, as well as the ongoing worldwide travel restrictions, Messe München says.
These factors prevent Messe München and TIACA from organising air cargo forum Miami & transport logistic Americas 2020, “at an appropriate professional and secure level.”
The two organisations say they will join forces again with a new event format called ‘2 plus 2’ and scheduled for fall 2021 in California.
“Still, there is a clear appetite and strong interest of our members and the wider industry to meet, network, learn and enjoy the great impact of our community,” says Steven Polmans, chairman of TIACA. “Therefore we ‘go west’: Meet your supply chain fellows in fall 2021 at our 2 plus 2 event in California.”
TIACA is still planning to host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2020 and continues its call for nominations for the Hall of Fame and the Air Cargo Sustainability Awards. The AGM, which is the annual assembly of TIACA’s voting members, will be held as a digital event.
The Hall of Fame, TIACA’s award for outstanding air cargo heroes, is maintained this year, but the ceremony itself will be held at a later stage when the situation allows, it says. For the 2nd Air Cargo Sustainability Awards, sponsored by CHAMP Cargosystems, TIACA says it will organise a virtual event in Fall 2020 to keep pushing for and rewarding innovative sustainable practices.