Just a few weeks before the opening of Interzoo 2022 in May 24-27 in Nuremberg, the leading trade fair for the international pet industry presented itself at the Global Pet Expo in the USA.
Interzoo represented with its own booth at the Global Pet Expo from March 23-25 in Orlando, Florida. "The world is looking forward to Interzoo in May," affirms Dr. Rowena Arzt, head of exhibitions for Interzoo organizer WZF–Pet Industry Services. "We were in Orlando to report on the news at Interzoo and to be personally available for questions. The industry had for a long time to do without face-to-face encounters. Now, it is possible to meet again at trade fairs, and we want to use this opportunity for direct dialogue with the American pet market."
"The interest on the part of American exhibitors and visitors was great," says Gordon Bonnet, CEO of WZF and of the honorary sponsor German Pet Trade & Industry Association ZZF. "On the first day of the fair, we were already able to inform many interested companies about our upcoming new edition of Interzoo." The USA is an important visitor country for Interzoo, and the American manufacturers rank among its top 4 exhibitors.
Among the approximately 1,300 exhibitors from 60 countries at Interzoo 2022, there are currently 68 exhibitors from the United States. The Country Pavilion USA comprises 25 of them. The American companies mainly present pet food and technology products, articles for dogs and cats, aquaria and useful accessories.
According to statistics published by Global Pet Expo co-organizer APPA (American Pet Products Association) 70 % of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 90.5 million homes. $103.6 (€ 93.6) billions were spent on pets in the country. For 2021, it was estimated that $109.6 (€ 99.0) billion would be spent on pets in the U.S.
In order to report on this large and versatile market, there was a "Country Session USA" on the second day of the fair as part of the Interzoo supporting programme. Market data was presented and import regulations explained. In addition, cross-border contacts were established and questions clarified on topics relating to the American market.
Simplified entry regulations
The entry regulations to Germany have been significantly simplified in recent weeks. However, basic protection measures against COVID such as mask requirements indoors will continue to apply for the time being. There are currently no quarantine and registration obligations when entering Germany from abroad. Only either a negative test result that is no more than 48 hours old, proof of vaccination with a vaccine recognized in Germany or proof of recovery must be available.
A new flight connection between London Heathrow and Albrecht Dürer Airport Nuremberg will also make travel easier from the end of March 2022. British Airways initially plans to operate four times a week between London and Nuremberg. From May, the frequency is to be increased to six flight connections per week. This means that the Nuremberg metropolitan region is connected to the largest hubs in Europe and Interzoo is easily accessible.
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