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Transporting Art by Freight

Art freight

There are a number of considerations and questions to be asked when transporting expensive art and the decisions you make can be important given the price of some pieces. Protecting art during transit can be challenging with a product which can be ultra-sensitive and brings its own special challenges. So what are some of the important questions for transporting art?

How will art be most protected and what are the most common types of damage?

The most highly recommended method for transport is the use of Air float shipping boxes, a reusable box especially designed for moving fine art. This can be reinforced with taping the boxes with shipping tape to protect the contents and ensure the box lasts longer.

It is important that the art is secured properly to prevent the piece moving and causing damage. Tape can be used to prevent art moving and falling through mats during transportation. It is also important so the plexi-glass covering the work doesn't bend and smash over it causing damage.

What is a "Handling Fee" and what does it cover?

Handling fees are very much standard across the major exhibits throughout the world. The fees cover the moving, unpacking and repacking of works of art to and from the gallery. This can be paid either directly to the exhibitors or to a cartage company.

Will exhibition organisers provide information on shipping artwork?

Most exhibitions should provide information, either directly or through their website or notifications. The most important thing to remember is to read all instructions thoroughly and completely, including small print.

When should I start sending artwork for exhibition?

This may be done in one of two ways; either you will be given a set date the art must arrive on, or alternatively a window of dates that it would be acceptable to send and for the pieces to arrive on. It is important that you are prepared for either circumstance and are aware of the time it will take for the company to ship the art.

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