Set-up & Dismantling

Here you will find information on:

  • setting up and dismantling
  • stand deliveries
  • forwarding agents
  • traffic regulations

Setting up

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The exhibition halls are open for set-up of custom-built stands and fitting-out of system stands as of Sunday, 7 October 2018. The installation and decoration of the exhibition stands must be completed, at the latest, by 10.00 p.m. on the day before the Fair begins. Items which are not to remain on the stand must be removed and all people must leave the exhibition site by midnight, as the police will then carry out a final security check.

When can you set up your stand?

  • Sunday, 7 October: 7.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
  • Monday, 8 October: 7.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 9 October: 7.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.

Exhibitors and those assigned to set up the stands. Setup and dismantling passes will have been delivered together with the service set. The access to the exhibition site is possible with your exhibitor's pass as of 7 October 2018. There will be security checks at all entrances and gates.

You may access the exhibition site prior to Sunday, 7 October 2018, if:

  • you are an exhibitor with a custom-designed stand that exceeds 40 sqm,
  • you have applied for access before 1 August 2018,
  • you have paid the entry fee,
  • you have then received special permission from the Frankfurter Buchmesse.

With the new Central Traffic Management System (CeTraM), Messe Frankfurt is able to offer its customers optimised entry to the exhibition grounds during the set-up and dismantling phases of Frankfurter Buchmesse. You can register in advance online, allowing you to download and print your registration confirmation. With this registration confirmation, you can drive to the specified Check-In area. Once you have reported to the Check-In, you will receive your entry permit for vehicle (vehicle pass) and will be able to enter the exhibition grounds.

More information:

Instructions for the delivery of items to the fair

Exhibit items can be delivered to the stand by a forwarding agent, courier service or the postal services during the set-up times as given above. Please arrange delivery times directly with the company you have contracted, i.e. for when you will be on your stand to take delivery of such items.

All deliveries to your stand must be clearly addressed as follows:

Exhibitor name, hall and stand number
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main

Please do not under any circumstances address your items to the office address of the Frankfurter Buchmesse!

Official forwarding agent of the Frankfurt Book Fair

Official forwarding agent of the Frankfurter Buchmesse is Panalpina Welttransport GmbH whose address you can find below. Panalpina sends the necessary documents on request. As it is in your own interest to ensure that transport goes smoothly, please ensure that you follow their instructions to the letter - if only to avoid problems with strict customs controls for trade fair goods. The international subsidiaries of Panalpina prepare group shipments to Frankfurt from several countries. If you are interested, please get in touch with the companies listed by Panalpina in their information packages.

Customs clearance of items sent through the post is complicated and we strongly advise against using postal services. If postal dispatch is unavoidable, please send a pro forma invoice to your forwarding agent stating the total number of parcels, so that the agent can clear your parcels at the postal customs office and store them until the Fair. However, this is only possible if they have been properly franked. This also applies to express rail consignments. Unfranked items will not be delivered by the freight forwarding agents. Urgent overseas parcels are best sent by air freight. Please note that there are special rates for books.

Panalpina Welttransport GmbH
Kurhessenstraße 12
64546 Mörfelden-Walldorf
Tel.: +49 (0) 6105 937-0
Fax: +49 (0) 6105 937-445
visit the website at

Keep aisles clear

Please do not block the aisles during set-up and dismantling - packages or stand constructions in the aisles hinder the laying of gangway carpeting and the delivery of service companies. Fire extinguishers and hydrants must not be blocked under any circumstances.

Traffic regulations

Information from 2017:
Traffic regulations


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The Frankfurter Buchmesse ends at 5.30 p.m. on Sunday, 14 October 2018.
All stands must remain occupied until that time!

The following actions are not permitted before 5.30 p.m. and will incur a penalty:

  • dismantling of stands
  • packing of exhibits
  • delivery of packing materials


  • At the end of the fair, the aisle carpets will be removed in all the halls at the same time. (For this reason, please ensure you keep the aisles free!)
  • The rolling doors to the halls will then be opened, and the delivery of packing materials can begin.
  • Within your stand area, you can already start packing at 5.30 p.m.

Increased risk of theft
Hand over your boxes personally to the assigned service companies or freight forwarders. Throughout the dismantling phase there is a heightened risk of theft!

When can you dismantle your stand?

  • From approx. 6.00 p.m. on Sunday, 14 October 2018, throughout the night and the next day, until midnight, on Monday, 15 October 2018.
  • During this period all the exhibition halls remain open.
  • It is possible to leave the exhibition site through any of the gates, at any time.
  • An extension of the dismantling time is possible for custom-built stands that exceed 40 sqm, provided you have applied for this and received approval from the exhibition management.
  • Exhibitors with system stands must ensure the bench cabinets are emptied of all contents on Sunday, 14 Oktober 2018. On Monday, 15 October 2018, the cleaning staff will empty the bench cabinets and dispose of the remaining contents. Frankfurter Buchmesse accepts no responsibility for materials not removed by this time.