Risks You May Face While Shipping Your Fine Art Yourself

One of the biggest risks art collectors and enthusiasts face takes place during the transportation of artwork. In fact, a large proportion of art claims are due to transit losses. We’ve gathered some specific risks you may encounter while shipping your artwork on your own and how you can avoid them.

Damaged Artwork 

When shipping artwork on your own, it can be challenging to determine which packaging materials and methods are right for your piece. Improper packing can result in your artwork being broken, torn, dented, scratched, or smudged.  Art can also be exposed to harmful elements such as moisture or sunlight if it’s not packed well, and using a budget carrier, or moving the art yourself, magnifies all of those risks.

The best way to ensure your artwork is shipped safely and on time is to work with carriers and professionals integrated into the art industry. We run our dedicated fine art shuttles throughout the Pacific Northwest and West Coast, and partner with Fine Art Carriers to provide service throughout the U.S.  We also work with import and export agents around the world to ensure your items are delivered in perfect condition. 

Partner With Professionals 

At Art Work FAS, our expert art handlers are well-versed in all manner of packing and crating methods, and we have a wide array of specialty materials at our disposal.  Our staff has a deep understanding of artwork, the way it’s made, and the safest ways to handle and transport it. We will work with you to come up with the right strategy for packing and crating your objects using safe and economical materials and methods.  We can also let you know when art should only travel via Fine Art Service, or if it can be packed in a way that makes other freight options a safe alternative.

For nearly 30 years, Art Work Fine Art Services has served as the trusted logistics partner to some of America’s most highly-regarded museums, galleries, collectors, and artists. We specialize in expert and custom solutions for domestic and international shipping, warehousing, and preservation of artwork. 

Our team is made up of passionate experts in many mediums, including design, painting, printmaking, carpentry, photography, and sculpture. Art Work FAS offers services in Portland and Seattle, in addition to California’s Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York City, and across the Rocky Mountains.  

To request an estimate or find out more about the services Art Work Fine Art Services offers, contact us


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