If you need to hire a carrier to transport your exhibit, select a trade show shipping company that has specific experience in handling, shipping and delivering exhibit materials to show venues.
Begin the selection process by contacting the event sponsor to inquire whether there is a "preferred" carrier designated for the show that may extend special rates or services to exhibitors.
You may also get shipping company referrals from your trade organization contacts and other professionals in your industry. An internet search for trade show shippers and logistics experts will also yield names of carriers to consider.
Once you have a list of shipping companies who specialize in exhibit transportation, contact them and ask for:
Once you have selected a carrier based on your research, review your exhibitor’s manual for the show’s shipping, delivery and timing requirements.
Advanced logistics planning will help save costs, as well as help ensure adequate time for set-up at the show venue. If you wait until the last minute, you may pay a surcharge for expedited transportation and delivery.
When you schedule your shipping, make arrangements at the same to have your carrier handle return shipping of your exhibit crates and items.
To help ensure smooth transport, prominently label all of your crates, boxes and exhibit items. In addition to your destination address -- and the name of the actual event in which you are participating -- include your company name, address and phone number on every crate and box.
Also, you will likely want to insure your exhibit cargo any time you transport it from storage to a show site -- and back.
Once your exhibit items arrive at the event venue, there are specific procedures your carrier must follow for delivery to the loading dock. Instructions are included in your exhibitor’s manual so be sure to fully brief your carrier on arrival details.
Once your exhibit crates and materials are off-loaded, the show’s contracted drayage company is typically responsible for:
For more details on trade show shipping and on-site logistics, click here.