Citing the temporary measure as a response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has enforced 14-day quarantine orders which would make it impossible for international exhibitors and visitors to attend ACLE. On 3rd July, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Public Security and the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China jointly issued a COVID-19 Safety and Prevention Guidelines for the Organisation of Exhibitions, requesting that "large-scale, foreign-related exhibitions be held cautiously", with strict requirements including limiting the number of attendees.

Under these circumstances and after several in-depth communications, the organisers, in view of the health and safety of our exhibitors and buyers and the impact on the exhibition, made the hard decision to announce that ACLE will be postponed from 1st – 3rd September 2020 to 31st August– 2nd September 2021 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

The entire ACLE team would also like to extend our thoughts to all of you affected by this pandemic. To maintain communication in our business community, we will organise online events and provide our exhibitors with digital solutions to facilitate the connection between our exhibitors and their customers.

Mr Li Yuzhong, Chairman of the China Leather Industry Association, said, “The decision to postpone this year's ACLE is a prudent one, agreed by both organisers after many discussions and judgments. The purpose is to protect the interests of exhibitors and buyers. The postponement allows us to have sufficient time to make the next year's exhibition more fruitful and exciting. Facing the plight of the pandemic, the industry must well prepare for foreseeable challenges. But I am sure the pandemic is temporary, and everyone shall prepare fully for a brighter future.”

Stay positive, stay connected and we look forward to welcoming you in Shanghai at ACLE2021.