All about Drayage and Shipping and Trade Show Costs
One of the costs that will have to be met and provided for by you as an exhibitor are such as the costs that come with the shipping of your booth materials to each and every event of a trade show. However, what many fail to realize is that apart from the costs of the shipping there are as well other costs that they will have to provide for and meet such as the costs of having their exhibit unloaded and moved to the exhibit space and moved out after the show. These somewhat miscellaneous costs, at least in a general manner, are what are referred to as the drayage costs and in a number of cases they are never quite as apparent mostly to the first time exhibitors. In this particular post, we will be taking a look at some of the tips that can help you reduce on your drayage costs.
The first thing that you will be well advised to do so as to ensure that you have indeed put on check your drayage costs is to make sure that you have chosen the best of the carriers. Settle for a carrier or shipping company that will load all your booth materials instead of one who will leave them at the dock. This happens to be a better alternative as opposed to the one of having them left at the dock for them to be collected by another drayage contractor as it will prove less expensive in the long run. Here is the sense and the rationale behind all this-in as much as shipping an entire exhibit in a carte will be seen to be expensive, the reality is that you will be foolhardy expecting savings when you fail to check on the costs and more of course, that you will have to bear as a result of the costs of drayage.
The second tip as you look forward to saving on the costs that you may end up incurring in relation to your trade show events and drayage is to crate your exhibit. One of the features that will quite greatly influence the costs that come with drayage is the packaging that you will have settled for the shipping of the exhibit and the booth materials that you want to have transported or shipped for that matter. As a matter of fact, the palletized and crated exhibits have generally been observed to be a lot easier and cheap to transport as compared to the pad-wrapped or the ones that happen to be mixed kind of freight. This is for the reason that the crated freight will be easily moved with so much ease and efficiency using a forklift.