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Steps to Take before Shipping Antiques

Posted on Thu, Oct 10, 2013

 

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, packing up antique or heirloom pieces is something you may be stressing over. These items may be  irreplaceable, but they  can safely arrive to your destination when let a professional packing and shipping company  take care of shipping antiques for you.

Use a company that has access to all the supplies that are needed for shipping valuable pieces. For larger pieces of furniture, consider using moving blankets for covering furniture.

For smaller items you can use bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and shrink wrap in order to protect your valuable items.  Each and every antique will need to be looked at to determine the safest way to pack and ship it.

If you are shipping an antique out of town, you may need to determine if the antique will need to have a custom crate built for protection. For smaller less delicate items, double boxing an
antique may be the way to go.

Sometimes a custom built pallet can be built and you can ship your antique via freight.  Freighting furniture is often a money saving alternative. The antique furniture can ship via freight and be delivered either with the curbside delivery option, or with inside delivery.

 Always look at the size and construction of the item that you want to ship. Bubble wrap is usually used for, mirrors, lamps and other accessories. Double boxing works for china. Depending on the porcelain, pottery or artwork a custom crate may be the best answer.

Look for a company that has crating items down to a fine science. For custom built crates, the company that you choose will need   to determine the size of crate that’s needed. They
will also need to determine if any blocking and bracing is needed  as well as the type of material that should be placed inside the crate for protection. One inch Styrofoam is standard, but often times bubble and or peanuts will need to be added for extra protection. Consider when you pack an antique chandelier for shipping purposes. 

If you are considering shipping antiques outside of the United States, look for a company that has experience in international shipping.  Specific wood will need to be used for both crates and pallet shipping.

Since moving antiques is not a one size fits all situation, please feel free to contact us at pack n send in Houston TX with any questions that you may have about packing and sending
antiques.

 

If you are shipping to countries outside of the US, the following is a list of the countries that pack n send can to ship to on your behalf.

Albania

Belarus
Belize
Belgium
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia|
Bonaire
Botswana
Congo Republic of
Cook island
Costa Rica
Croatia
Curaco
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Dominica
Dominican Republic
DPR of Korea Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
 Ginvea-Bissau
Ginvea-Exquatorial
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guinea
Guinea Republic
Guyana Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran-Islamic Republic of Tersey
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Nive
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papa New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar Reunion
Romania
Rota
Russia
Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands)
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
Somaliand
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Barthelemy
St. Croix
St. Eustatius
St. John
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Maarten
St. Thomas
St. Vincent
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Turks and Caicos Islands
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of AmericaU.S. Virgin Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands(Brittish)
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Gorda
Wallis and Futuna
Zimbabw  Uganda

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