I asked a customer what she worried about when shipping artwork.
Her answer was “Just about everything.” This blog is for my customer.
When you want to ship artwork, look for a company that specializes in shipping high value items. If the company is experienced at shipping delicate and valuable items for their customers, you can then ask about how they intend to ship your artwork.
If it is a picture with glass, do they use tape to protect the glass? If it is a sculpture, can they build a crate in their warehouse that will specifically fit your sculpture? If it a valuable oil painting, can they build a custom crate for you to match the size of your painting?
We have a few basic questions to ask the company that you would like to use to ship your art work.
We make these suggestions because art work shipping requires special knowledge about shipping, custom box making and custom crate making.
Ask if the company ships for private collectors. Do they ship for art exhibitions and then offer to ship the artwork back to the private collector?
Ask if the company that you are using ships for both auction houses, art galleries and art dealers.
Can the company offer freight, moving and common carrier shipping options. This is not a one size fits all shipping arrangement. Ask if the company can offer both international and domestic shipping. Ask if the company can offer both residential and commercial pick up and delivery of art.
For my customer, I hope that these suggestions helps you ease your mind the next time you would like to ship a piece of artwork.
For any other customers who have questions about artwork packing and shipping, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.