For over 20 years PACK & SEND has been supplying art shipping services to galleries, collectors, dealers, artists and exhibitions around the world. PACK & SEND’s knowledge, experience and attention to detail will ensure your shipment goes smoothly.
We’ve dealt with everything from shipping single pieces to moving entire collections to the other side of the world. Our levels of customer service are legendary, and we pride ourselves on having customers who become raving fans once they have experienced our service.
Whether your shipment is destined for continental Europe or further afield we can provide a shipping solution that satisfies the demands placed upon it by yourself and your customers. Click on the image to the left to download our guide to Fine Art Shipping Services.
All shipments require signatures upon delivery, are barcoded to allow for full traceability throughout the journey and where required we can provide unpacking and hanging services for the more discerning of your clients.
For extremely sensitive pieces we can provide a full on-board courier service meaning that we will physically accompany your shipment throughout its journey to the final delivery point.
Through our imports team, we can provide reverse collections and import them back into the UK where pieces have been out for display or exhibition and require repatriation.
We can also provide the facility to collect pieces bought or sourced abroad and import them back to the UK.GLOBAL ART SHIPPING
At PACK & SEND we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver our brand promise of shipping anything, anywhere – no matter how fragile, awkward in shape, large or valuable. A large part of our ability to deliver this promise is our expertise in packing artwork; no matter how delicate or valuable the item may be and no matter what constraints are placed upon it by the shipping method.
All our crates are made to the individual specification for the job in hand. They are made from the highest quality kiln-dried timber all of which is 56/30 ISPM15 certified. Each crate can be lined with a variety of cushioning materials of various thicknesses and densities depending upon the nature of the item travelling. All can have wheels, hinges or handles if the job requires and polythene or waterproof lining if needed. Where a lighter and more economical outer packaging is appropriate we can build to individual specification tri-wall or double-wall cases which saves weight whilst providing a robust outer casing.
For those items that must travel upright or on any particular axis, an A-Frame can be added to the crate in order to ensure the correct orientation of the crate is maintained whilst in transit.
For items that are of a particularly sensitive nature (either to vibration or through their fragility), crates and cases can be lined with our unique foam in place technology. The density of the foam can be electronically controlled to increase or decrease its density depending on the nature of the piece to be packed.
Injected into the case or crate the artwork sits in effect in an aerated foam cushion whilst in transit providing protection for the most fragile of items.
The best cushioning material is fresh air as vibration cannot pass through an air gap.
Items of extreme fragility, therefore, will be packed in a void before then being cushioned within the outer case or crate using our foam in place technology ensuring safe transit of even the most fragile of items.BESPOKE ART PACKING
PACK & SEND will advise and prepare all required customs paperwork to ensure your shipment or your customer’s shipment has a smooth transit through both UK customs and the receiving country’s customs authority.
We can also arrange temporary export and import documentation and Carnets for works travelling internationally for exhibition.
Where you or your client does not want to undergo the delay of having the shipment held whilst duties are paid we can arrange to ship duties paid, meaning that there will be no hold up in customs whilst payment is awaited.
Whilst it is an unlikely occurrence, the PACK & SEND Warranty provides loss and damage protection to our customers whilst their items are in transit.
Our Marine Transit Policy, specifically designed for PACK & SEND and underwritten by one of the world’s largest and most experienced freight and shipping insurers, enables us to provide unlimited cover for just about any type of item, whether travelling by air, sea or road…providing complete peace of mind.Art Damage Warranty
We are frequently asked to take on the task of shipping some extremely fragile items which have extended from Lladro collections to museum pieces such as the Meccano scale model of the Ferris wheel featured in the iconic film The Third Man. None of our artist customers, though, challenge us more than Luke Jerram and Valeria Nascimento.
Valeria’s medium is porcelain and her installations often comprise of thousands of fragile petals mounted onto canvas or even the wall itself and finished in a design celebrating the natural world. On occasions, we have shipped just the petals themselves and co-ordinated with Valeria who then travels to her client’s location to install the work personally.
She regularly exhibits her art globally – when PACK & SEND often both deliver and repatriate her pieces – and her work has been sold and delivered to private and commercial clients as far afield as Russia, the USA and the Far East.
Luke is possibly best known for Museum of the Moon – his giant moon installation – which PACK & SEND helped ship around the world to exhibitions but it is his Glass Microbiology – a series of intricate glass sculptures and whose predominant theme is the beauty and complexity of viruses at a microscopic level – that present the real challenge. To describe Luke’s works as fragile would be an understatement.
‘Flexibility and reliability are crucial when servicing the needs of my clients; and PACK & SEND never disappoint. As a busy artist, not having to worry about my work being delivered safely means I have more time to concentrate on my art.’
Our work for both artists and the Galleries that represent them means that we understand the sometimes unique pressures that can exist when shipping art.
We also understand that your reputation with your customer is at stake and in commissioning PACK & SEND you are investing a huge amount of trust in us.
That is why, whether we are shipping an entire collection for exhibition or a single piece to its buyer, we apply the same high level of preparation, planning and attention to detail in executing the shipment.
Some of the artists whose work PACK & SEND have been entrusted with shipping include:
Banksy • RETNA • Mr Brainwash • Damien Hirst • Ralph Heimans • Andy Warhol • Bradley Theodore • Richard Hambleton • David Yarrow • Tracey Emin • Michael Moebius • Takashi Murakami • Luke Jerram • Jeff Koons • Valeria Nascimento • Harland Miller • The Connor Brothers • Gerhard Richter
We have over the years built strong customer relationships with many art dealers who continue to use our services time and time again.
Whether they have sold directly or through one of the many online portals available to dealers, our world-class service and sensible pricing means that we continue to be entrusted with a fundamental part of their business.Find out more
‘Shipping fragile artworks around the globe takes a lot of care and paperwork! We were happy to find PACK & SEND who provide a personalised and effective service to get artworks to my clients with minimal effort from myself.’
Art of the Week is a competition run every Friday by PACK & SEND. The competition is designed to give back to the art community offering free promotion to artists of all sizes. The weekly winner will have their artwork featured on our website and social media channels to reach a wide audience showcasing their talents.Art of the Week
Our expert packers can safely pack your art no matter how valuable or fragile it is. Custom crates can be made for artwork too with foam in place technology for extra protection.
PACK & SEND have a range of international and domestic shipping options, fit to transport your packaged art to wherever in the world you need it to go. We also offer collection services for art across the entire UK, if the collection is required outside of the UK, we can advise on how to safely pack your art for safe delivery.
At PACK & SEND we offer comprehensive loss and damage cover for all art shipments regardless of their value. This cover does only apply to goods that have been packed and shipped by PACK & SEND and cannot be offered as a product for goods that are being shipped by a third party. Contact your nearest PACK & SEND service centre to find out how they can organise this for your shipment.
At PACK & SEND we know how important it is for you to reach all your international destinations via a single service provider.
We provide a wide range of options for your international shipping solutions to ensure that you can always find the service you need depending on the package that you need to send overseas.
PACK & SEND are truly the experts when it comes to custom packaging and crating those fragile, large, awkward and valuable items like computers, servers, artworks and antiques.
We specialise in accessing the right type of packaging for any item and using all other resources available to protect your shipment.
We take every care to make sure that your items stay safe during transit.
However, for complete peace of mind when you send your shipments domestically or internationally, we provide Gold Service protection to cover you for loss or damage to your important shipments
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