Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, due to take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on 15th-17th March, has been postponed due to concerns over coronavirus.

Coronavirus

Organisers Diversified Communications evaluated feedback received among hundreds of calls and emails, before deciding the 40th edition of the expo will not take place as scheduled in March and is postponed while other options are considered.

The event was expected to attract 18,000 attendees to the Boston venue and exhibitors included the likes of major industrial gas companies Praxair, a Linde company, and Messer, as well as TOMCO2 Systems Company.

“We heard from those of you who were concerned about health, safety and travel restrictions, and given the short time before the scheduled event date, and upcoming logistics, we have determined that postponement at this time is unavoidable,” said Liz Plizga, Group Vice-President, Diversified Communications.

“We are committed to finding a solution to deliver an event in North America, this year, to ensure business continuity to the seafood industry,” added Plizga.

Details on when and where will be communicated directly with customers in the next month.

Coronavirus – WHO position

According to a statement of 29th February (2020) by the WHO, the official position on Covid-19 is:

‘WHO continues to advise against the application of travel or trade restrictions to countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks.

In general, evidence shows that restricting the movement of people and goods during public health emergencies is ineffective in most situations and may divert resources from other interventions. Furthermore, restrictions may interrupt needed aid and technical support, may disrupt businesses, and may have negative social and economic effects on the affected countries…’

The full position page from the WHO can be found at:

https://www.who.int/ith/2019-nCoV_advice_for_international_traffic-rev/en/