Posted 22 February 2017 - 04:00 PM
My husband is in shipping logistics. He says you should check with the show, and see if they have a preferred carrier, to start with, as that might 1) get you in on a bulk rate and 2) get you someone who knows what they're doing. If your show doesn't have a prefered carrier, you need to call shipping companies, and asking how much they charge for LTL (Less Than Load). It means you have either a skid or a crate for them to pick up. Be sure to specify you need a closed box (a semi trailer) as opposed to a flat deck, and also let them know they'll be picking up from your residence, and they'll need a power tailgate and a pallet jack. Most couriers will offer this service, so if you usually deal with, say, FedEx, you can call them up and ask for their LTL division (it's different than their express and parcel services). But do shop around: rates and their method of charging you will differ. They will either charge according to the dimensions of your crate or skid (dimensions x their going rate), or by weight.
Notes on packing: as said above, it needs to be packed to survive an amateur forklift driver putting their forks where they're not supposed to be at speeds they're not supposed to be driving at. Many people ship skids that arrive at their destinations in one piece, and reputable carriers should top stack a skid (not put anything else on top of) to avoid what happened to the one in Mea's image. This is where finding a reputable carrier is important.
If your trust level is low, building a crate is definitely your best option. Freight companies don't provide them.
Hope that helps!