The 2020 JOC Breakbulk & Project Cargo Conference, Antwerp XL exhibition, and the ESTA 2020 Awards of Excellence have joined the growing list of events that have been cancelled or postponed as a result of the rapid growth of global cases of Covid-19. 

The JOC event was scheduled to take place from April 27-29 in New Orleans. In a statement, JOC said: “Given the deteriorating situation regarding the spread of Covid-19, unfortunately it is necessary to cancel Breakbulk & Project Cargo [conference].

“This decision was made following recent guidance from health officials and in light of the rapid growth in global cases of Covid-19 over the past few days, as well as increasing travel restrictions and other circumstances. This decision has been made with input from our customers and partners and we are very grateful for their support in what has been a very difficult decision.”

Meanwhile, Antwerp XL said: “Following the news on March 10 that the World Health Organisation revised its classification of Covid-19 to global pandemic status and that the Belgian government consequently recommended all indoor events (over 1,000 people) should be cancelled, we have been forced to cancel the April 21-23 2020 edition of Antwerp XL.”

Antwerp XL will now take place from September 15-17.

ESTA’s spring meetings and awards dinner, due to take place in Amsterdam on April 23 and 24, will also be rescheduled. According to ESTA, the organisation is hoping to find new dates during the autumn. 

Last week, HLPFI reported that the Project Cargo & Breakbulk conference and exhibition 2020 (PCB 2020) will be postponed until June 17-18. That event was scheduled to take place from April 1-2 at the GRB Convention Center in Houston, USA.

Intermodal South America 2020, which was due to take place this week in Brazil, has also been postponed to later in the year.