What You Need to Know About Fine Art Shipping and Storage


You will be very much at ease when you understand the fine art of shipping and storage. Understanding the benefits and dangers involved in shipping artwork from one location to another will help you in making an informed choice during the transfer process.

Artists love their artwork regardless of style or medium of they use. That is why as an artist you need to identify an art mover who understands the time it took to come up with a piece of art. Shipping your creation can both be a stressful and challenging moment; therefore, you deserve the best consideration when it comes to shipping and storage.

Before you embark on the choice of art shipping company to use, make sure they are compliant with the Chinese art law. The laws safeguard you from making the wrong decisions that could lead to loses. These regulations are in place to make sure your art arrives at its destination safely. While on your quest to find the best shipping agency, here are five critical things to consider before you start shipping.


Some incidents need a chance for them to happen irrespective of the failsafe methods in place. It is essential that you get a cover for your goods and protect yourself in case of an accident or emergency.

Use of Custom Casing

You need to be creative enough to design or buy cases that will help the customs officers in handling the artwork. The casing should consider shape, design, and weight of art to offer the best protection during transportation. The custom casing should adhere to international standards and convention specified for casing requirements. You may need the help of art packaging experts if you are not so familiar with their standards.

Shipping By Sea or Air

An ideal company that deals with shipping artwork internationally should take into account the possibility of an artist using either sea or air. This decision depends on the safety required for the artwork during transit. Look for a company with a global network making transportation and communication easy.

As a creative, you need to know the difference between commercial airfreight, flight courier services (for an artist with urgent shipping needs), and art shipping by the sea which is cost effective for an artist with a large volume of work. Three things will determine your mode of transport; budget, urgency, and time.

Select the Art Moving Company Carefully

When it comes to your art, do not second-guess who trust with your shipping needs. Identify an experienced company who may have handled your kind of work. Talk to art collectors, artists, and auction homes on how best they handled previous artwork. Do not shy away from asking questions that will give you the correct answers.


When art is leaving your premises to another destination, there is the reality of theft and pilferage Shipping artwork internationally demands that you work with a shipping agency that guarantees the safety of your masterpiece throughout its journey. They should be having surveillance systems installed in all their storage sites and using high tech anti-theft systems.

Before you send your valuables overseas, consult with professionals in the art shipping industry to help in logistics before making a major step.

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