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New coronavirus clouds fate of China pet shows

The ongoing health crisis and resulting lockdowns could also affect operations of pet food companies and other businesses.

The real and present dangers posed by the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan and cases in other parts of China is likely to affect the staging of major pet trade shows in the country this year.

Although show organizers have made no formal postponements or cancellations of their annual pet shows yet, the Chinese government has ordered an indefinite full lockdown of more cities, restricted transport services for millions of people and imposed overseas groups travel ban. All these would definitely result in major disruptions for trade events already calendared as early as last year.

At least eight pet trade shows scheduled in 2020

Here are the pet shows that are supposed to take place in major Chinese cities for 2020:

  • Pet Fair Beijing, February 21-23, Beijing
  • China International Pet Fair 2020, March 6-8, Guangzhou
  • China Pet Expo 2020, March 13-16, Beijing
  • Pet Fair Chengdu, April 9-12, Chengdu
  • Shanghai International Pet Expo, April 16-18, Shanghai
  • Pet Fair South China, May 15-17, Guangzhou
  • Pet Fair Asia, August 19-23, Shanghai
  • 24th China International Pet Show (CIPS 2020), November 12-15, Guangzhou

Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China with confirmed cases of the deadly virus, has also declared a virus “outbreak” emergency and ordered schools to be closed until February 17. Its also temporarily suspended all planes in and out of the city and canceled train service between Hong Kong and the mainland to stop the spread of the virus. An event called Pet Show 2020 is scheduled for February 6 to 9 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Could affect pet food operations, too

Ten of the at least 16 cities on lockdown are located in central China’s Hubei province, with Wuhan declared ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak. The other cities in Hubei under indefinite lockdown because of the virus outbreak are Huanggang, Ezhou, Chibi, Qianjiang, Zhijiang; Jingmen, Xiantao, Xiaogan and Huangshi.

In these places, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the operations of pet food manufacturers, importers, distributors, shops and other pet-related businesses and those that do trade with them until the threat of the potentially lethal pneumonia-causing illness that infects the respiratory tract is over. In a recent press conference, Chinese officials said the disease will remain an issue for the near future.

To date, China’s worst health crisis in years has rapidly spread across the world with more than 8,000 confirmed cases in the U.S., France, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Macao, Nepal and other countries. The World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency of international concern due to the coronavirus, which has also reached Taiwan, where an annual pet event, Taipei Pets Show, is slated for July 10-13, 2020.

Source: Alma Buelva Pet Food Industry