TWI attends IELA Operational Summit 
TWI was proud to send two of its staff to the IELA Operational Summit which was held January 28-30, 2016 in Hong Kong. IELA is the International Exhibition Logistics Association and TWI is a founding member. TWI executives Stephen J. Barry and Greg Keh have in the past been Chairmen of this esteemed association. Both are also honorary members of the association due to their years of commitment to excellence in the industry.

As a leader in exhibition shipping and trade show logistics, LeAnn O'Malley and Jennifer Padilla represented TWI at the Operational Summit. The purpose of the summit is to meet with other key staff members within our industry and to improve the standards of performance for companies in the association.

LeAnn and Jennifer are key members of our team and their contribution to our company's success and to the success of the Operations Summit was vital.

Thanks LeAnn and Jennifer.

For more information on IELA or on Exhibition Logistics, please contact Greg Keh at


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Lithium Ion Batteries and Trade Show Shipping 
More and more of your tradeshow shipments contain products that have Lithium Ion Batteries. Displays, Computers, Radios, and even tablets and phones all have these batteries. on February 22, 2016, rules for handling of Lithium Ion Batteries are becoming restrictive. On April 1, 2016, the prohibitions become effective. Key regulations are that the batteries shipped must be in a state of charge of no more than 30% of their rated capacity. Certain batteries will be forbidden for carriage on passenger aircrafts. There will be additional labeling and packaging regulations as well. When you are preparing for tradeshow shipping and exhibition logistics, please contact your specialist so that they can assist you. So many products have Lithium Ion Batteries and the restrictions are very high.

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Defexpo 2014 
If you’ve never been to India you really should go. Everyone that goes anywhere should go through India. The amazing people, culture and food are experiences every traveler should experience. However, India and shows in India are not for the faint of heart. You’ll definitely appreciate you next stop a little more.
Roger Walker walked around the Pragati Maiden the first day and it was a little daunting. With a week to go until the show open there were workers scrambling everywhere painting this or welding that. That’s not unusual, as we all know, what struck me was that they were still welding forms for hanging signs three days into the show. We were both first timers to India and immediately recognized we were going to have to learn some new tricks. But with Roger’s forty years of experience and my ten we looked forward to the challenge.
Thanks to the great work of our partners at R.E. Rogers it turned out to less of a challenge than we were anticipating. I can’t say enough about they on-site service and general hospitality they provided. Ravi and Roj were excellent hosts and always made sure we had what we needed. Whether it was something on-site or a car to the Taj Mahal, they were happy to provide to all the agents on-site. Surjeet and Manoj, working the office for R.E. Rogers, usually new the answer to our questions before we asked. And, in typical TWI fashion, even all of our late freight made the show without the exhibitor feeling any of the pressure.
We had a great crew in our main hall, Mike, Sharon and Danielle, from Kallman Worldwide, along with the rest of the exhibitors were very happy with everything at the show. Well, they would have liked the AC on. We were lucky our hall had a good cross breeze. Someone passed out in another hall that didn’t have the ventilation we had. That’s a show in India. Now I know.
As Roger and I walked away on the last day I commented that I felt like I knew what it was like to do shows in the 80’s now. Roger replied that I knew what it was like to do shows in the 70’s. But hey, it’s India, not for the faint of heart. And if you love travel and experiences you’ll only get one place, India is a must hit spot.
Written by: Terry Dowling

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Singapore Air show 2014 
Singapore Air Show is one of the preeminent international tradeshows and TWI is proud to have handled international freight to this global show. Our tradeshow shipping this year was a great success. TWI displayed again why we are the leaders in the international exhibition freight industry. With over 90 % of all US Exhibitors’ shipments, our tradeshow logistics operated at a very high level and delivered First Class Service.

TWI’s crew on site was one of the best I’ve worked with in years. With this year’s show having an increase of freight totaling 133 tons, it was an exceptionally smooth move in. The move out couldn’t have been better either. TWI had ocean containers moving from the show within 48 hours of show close and airfreight packed and moving the day after show close. Exhibitor satisfaction was reflected as extremely positive and all requirements were met.

The Kallman USA pavilion was the “Featured Country” by Experia Events. The first time this honor has been awarded. Singapore Air Show ’14 also saw the largest number of exhibitors in the show’s history, with over 1,000 participating companies from 47 countries/regions. Over 70% are returning exhibitors, bearing testimony to the value the show brings to them. TWI was honored to be a part of this show's history and supporting its US & Canadian exhibitors all of the way.

With the strides TWI has made kicking off the year with Singapore it looks like a promising season for the Aerospace & Defense tradeshow circuit. I look forward to working with you all again this year and building our exhibitor relationships and expectations.

By Dan DiMangano. Dan is a Sales and Logistics Specialist for TWI Group and was the lead manager at the Singapore Air Show. He can be reached at Email Dan

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US Drayage for the International Exhibitor 
Many of our international clients do not understand what drayage is for exhibitions in the US and Canada.

Drayage is nothing more than the unloading of a truck and taking the freight from the truck to the booth/stand inside the convention hall. The same charge also pays for reloading the freight onto a truck at the close of the show and storing the empty containers during the show. The General Contractor (or drayage contractor, i.e. Freeman, GES, Shepard, Hargrove, etc.) provides this service along with all of their other services like furniture rental and electrical services. The best way to prepare for this fee is to know the weight of your shipment. Once you have that information you can use the general contractors material handling form to calculate what your bill from them should be. When trying to calculate this charge please remember that they use pounds instead of kilos so all weights must be in pounds to get an accurate estimate. As an example, if the weight of your shipment is 206 kilos you would multiply that by 2.2046 to get the weight in pounds so for this calculation the weight in pounds is 454.148 pounds. Then general contractor will round UP to the nearest hundred pounds so this shipment becomes 500 pounds to them and that is what you will pay for. Now that you know the weight you will be charged for you can go to the material handling form in the show kit for the show you are attending – and yes, this form is different for EVERY show. Please read this form in its entirety as it will give you important information about moving in on over-time versus straight time and what you may be charged if your freight is “off-target.” These important details can mean the difference of hundreds of dollars when calculating your drayage charges. Find the rate on this form that best describes your circumstances – let’s say you are moving in on a Saturday which is over-time, but moving out on a Thursday which is straight-time. You would look for the rate that says straight-time/over-time and that would be the rate you would use to make your calculation. Next, the rates you see are based on hundred weight or cwt so divide the weight of your shipment by 100. In our example, the weight becomes 5 and that is the number you multiply your rate by. As an example, the rate is $86.00 cwt so multiply 86 by 5 for an amount of $430.00. This should be very close what your invoice says once you get to the show. If it different, don’t be afraid to ask questions – they make mistakes too!

By Kaye Barrieault. Kaye is a Project Manager for TWI Group and handles shows within the US. She can be reached at Email Kaye

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