Step 1: An adult mentor from each FIRST Robotics Competition team must visit the FIRST Shipping Desk located in the FIRST Robotics Competition Pits during their designated time frames below.
International Teams have additional access time on Thursday afternoon on a first-come, first-served basis. Teams unable to make it Thursday may visit the FIRST Shipping Desk during their Subdivision’s standard time Friday. All US-based teams should arrive to the FIRST Shipping Desk on Friday during their listed Subdivision time below.
||1pm – 5pm
||(During Subdivision times below)
||10am – 11am
||11am – 12pm
||1pm – 2pm
||2pm – 3pm
||3pm – 4pm
||4pm – 5pm
The mentor will sign the relevant FedEx shipping documentation and collect a copy of the document for the team’s records and tracking information once the robot crate has shipped. Additionally, a 4-inch color Zone Sticker will be given to the team mentor.
Step 2: After picking up shipping documentation, the team mentor will then need to visit the Shepard Exposition Services Desk (SES Desk) to pick up a Shepard Payment Authorization form and a Shepard Bill of Lading. Both of these forms are required by Shepard Exposition Services.
Step 3: Notify the SES Desk that your team is ready to accept your Robot Crate in the pits. Once it arrives, remove all old shipping documents from your robot crate and pack the crate securely. Only your Robot should be packed in the crate.
Step 4: Once the crate is packed and sealed, return to the SES Desk and turn in the completed Shepard Payment Authorization form and all copies of the Shepard Bill of Lading.
Step 5: Attach the 4-inch color Zone Sticker to the robot crate facing the pit walkway. This signals to FIRST and Shepard that your crate is done.
The Pits close at 3:00 pm on Saturday. All teams must have shipping preparations complete before that time.
Teams in the United States can expect to receive their robot crate within 2-4 weeks after shipping from the FIRST Championship. International teams should expect transit of 4-8 weeks due to customs and export delays. Teams may track their crate on FedEx.com using the tracking number provided to them at the FIRST Shipping Desk. Please note that tracking numbers do not automatically become active after Championship. It may take a week before your crate’s tracking number is activated when FedEx collects the crate from Shepard Exposition Services.