Shipping & On-site Logistics 

As you prepare for the event, please review the shipping and logistical information below to decide options will work best for you. Be sure to review all of this information to avoid surprises on-site. 

Shipping Options

If you will be shipping your materials to the event, please review your two options below. You can contact Freeman directly to obtain any related costs associated with either option. 

1) Ship in Advance to the Freeman Warehouse

We strongly encourage all booths to ship to the Freeman Warehouse in advance to ensure that your materials will be in your booth so you can begin installation as soon as you arrive! Freeman will accept crated, boxed, or skidded materials beginning October 28, 2021 and will deliver the shipment to your booth. Warehouse materials are accepted at the warehouse Monday through Friday between 8:00am – 3:30pm. To avoid additional after deadline charges, materials must arrive by November 22, 2021. You can contact Freeman directly to obtain any related costs associated with this shipping option. 


Please note that the Freeman warehouse will be closed on November 25 & 26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Shipments will not be accepted on this date.


Please label your exhibit materials as outlined below, or use the Freeman Warehouse Label 


2) Send Shipments Direct to the Venue

Freight will be received at the facility beginning November 27, 2021. Shipments arriving before this date may be refused and incur additional charges. For your convenience, shipping labels have been included below for you to print. Make sure ALL FREIGHT is clearly marked with your company name, International WorkBoat Show and your booth number. You can contact Freeman directly to obtain any related costs associated with this shipping option. 


Please label your exhibit materials as outlined below or use the Show Site Shipping Label 

Additional Shipping Information

Air Shipments

Exhibitors who will be shipping via air may contact Freeman for services and answers to questions by calling 800.995.3579 or email

International Freight

Freeman Transportation is the official customs house broker for the International WorkBoat Show. Please contact     

Label All Freight

For your convenience, shipping labels have been included below for you to print. Make sure all freight is clearly marked with your company name, International WorkBoat Show and your booth number. You can contact Freeman directly to obtain any related costs associated with either shipping option. 


Advanced Freeman Warehouse Label    

Direct to Show Site Shipping Label 


Hanging Sign Shipping Label

Domestic Freight

Domestic freight may be shipped through the warehouse facilities of Freeman or directly to the Ernest Moral Convention Center.

Direct Shipments

Drivers delivering material to the event should check in with the Freeman receiver at the Convention Center loading docks before unloading. The MCCNO will be accepting Show Site deliveries beginning on Saturday, November 27th.

Advance Shipments

Freeman will receive and store advanced freight at their warehouse beginning Thursday, October 28th. Warehouse materials are accepted at the warehouse Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM. All Advance Shipments must arrive by Monday, November 22nd or they will be subject to additional late charges. Please note that the Freeman warehouse will be closed on November 25 & 26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Shipments will not be accepted on this date.

Large Equipment Exhibitors All heavy equipment, such as large boats, engines, or other machinery requiring crane service or other special handling for unloading, will be scheduled regardless of booth size. If you plan to exhibit any large boat, engine, or single piece of machinery that exceeds 5,000 pounds, please contact Bart Haley, with Freeman (the drayage contractor) at or 770-560-7992 to arrange a specific time and the proper unloading equipment.

Installation | Setup

International WorkBoat Show will be utilizing a targeted move-in schedule. The installation of exhibits will take place as follows:

Saturday, November 27, 2021 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM All machinery, or engines requiring crane service regardless of booth size.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM All Booths 20’ x 30’ & larger.

Monday, November 29, 2021

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM All booths 20’ x 20’ and smaller.
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM Do it yourself Exhibitors

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM All Booths

**Exhibitors with boats and large or heavy (over 5,000 lbs.) equipment must contact Bart Haley in advance at 770.560.7992 or to make arrangements for move-in.                        

**ALL FREIGHT MUST BE MOVED IN BY 4:30 PM, Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Hand-Carried Freight During Move-In and Move-Out

For the convenience and safety of exhibitors and patrons, all freight and material handling must enter and exit the facility through the loading docks. Exhibitors may hand carry their own materials into the exhibit facility. Hand carried freight is defined as items that can be easily carried by an individual exhibitor, without the need for pallet jacks or other mechanized equipment. No parking is allowed at the entrance of the facility; and the use of passenger elevators for movement of freight is not allowed. All packages are subject to inspection by facility personnel. 

Material Handling / Drayage / Personally Owned Vehicles (POV)

Please refer to the Material Handling Tips page. Rates for this service are outlined in the ‘Freeman Material Handling’ order forms.

Exhibitors will be allowed to perform their own Material Handling provided they meet all the following criteria:

  • Exhibitors must be off-loading from a company-owned truck or rental vehicle or from a car, van or truck owned by bonafide, full-time company employees of the exhibiting company (POV) that is 24’ or less.  All vehicles including co-owned or rental vehicle over 24’ in length WILL BE off-loaded by Union Labor at the exhibitor’s expense.
  • Exhibitors may use only hand-operated equipment (dollies, hand trucks, and four-wheeled push carts) that the exhibitors themselves have provided.
  • The use of forklifts, pallet jacks, lift gates or any other motorized or mechanical equipment is not permitted.  

**Refer to the Union Labor Jurisdictions for complete details on labor regulations and work rules.

Personally Owned Vehicles (POVs) Requiring a Loading Dock

Exhibitors arriving in POVs (Personally Owned Vehicles) requiring a dock height to unload themselves may use the loading dock area.  We have allocated one dock space on a first-come, first-served basis for Personally Owned Vehicles. Vehicles requiring dock space will be put in the marshaling yard line to obtain a pass for unloading. To determine if you qualify to use this loading dock without labor assistance, please reference the Targeted Move-In/Move-Out Schedule.

Marshalling Yard

Vehicles delivering materials to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center must report to the marshalling area to obtain a dock pass. This includes privately owned vehicles (cars, trucks, vans, etc.) who choose to unload their own materials at the established unloading area. No vehicle will be allowed to the dock area without a pass.


Marshalling Yard Address
Freeman Marshalling Yard
1315 Tchoupitoulas St., Lot I
New Orleans, LA 70130


View map of the Marshalling Yard area

Work Rules

Louisiana is a right to work state. Full time employees of the exhibiting company may set their own exhibits without using local union labor. Depending on the association that is doing the show, full time employees may hand carry their materials into the convention center but may not use any type of assistance such as dollies or mechanical equipment. The loading and unloading docks will be controlled by the general contractor and union labor will be used for this. All rigging and assembling of signs must be done by the general contractor. Exhibitors or their EACs may supervise only. Only employees of the general contractor are allowed to operate on lifts. 


Exhibitors may hire an Exhibitor Appointed Contractor (EAC) to supervise the installation and dismantling of their exhibit. The EAC will not be allowed to perform labor required to set up and dismantle the exhibit unless they are members of the appropriate local union. If you are planning to use an EAC, please submit the Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Form.


Please keep in mind the following for installation/dismantle rates for union labor:

  • Straight Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday through Friday
  • Over Time: Before 8:00 AM & after 5:00 PM on Monday through Friday, and ALL DAY on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Dismantling your Exhibit

Dismantling Hours

Exhibitors are NOT allowed to break down or remove any part of their exhibit, equipment, display material or merchandise from the exhibit floor before the close of the event at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 3rd.


Friday, December 3, 2021          2:00PM – 9:00PM
Saturday, December 4, 2021      8:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday, December 5, 2021        8:00AM – 2:00PM

Empty Crates

Empty crates will be returned immediately after the removal of the aisle carpet. Due to the size of the event, it may take up to 5 hours to return all empty crates to the exhibit floor.


Exhibits must be fully dismantled with material handling agreements turned in to the Freeman Service Desk no later than Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 10:00 am. All exhibit materials must be totally removed from the facility by 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 5th.

Returning Your Freight

If not done in advance, you may plan to have your exhibit returned by visiting the Exhibitor Service Desk area on site. Every outbound shipment will require an Outbound Material Handling Agreement and labels.


All outbound carriers must check in no later than 10:00 AM on Sunday, December 5th. Drivers not checked in by this time will risk the possibility of their shipments going out on the house carrier and incurring additional costs. Be sure your carrier knows the company name and booth number when making arrangements for shipping your exhibit at the close of the event.

Additional Information


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