Tips for Shipping and Transporting Fine Art

There are a variety of options available to meet your unique needs when it comes to shipping and transporting fine art. Whether you’re in need of a domestic/international commercial flight, shuttle, or exclusive delivery, our fine art experts can ensure your pieces arrive safely and securely to their destination! 

We’ve gathered a few important tips for selecting the right service for shipping and transporting your fine art.

Domestic & International Shipping

When shipping fine art pieces either by domestic or international commercial flight, it’s important to find a fine art handler who has partnerships with import/export agents around the country and internationally. This ensures that your fine art will arrive on-time, without customs delay hassles, and in pristine condition. Experienced art handlers, like those at Art Work FAS, have a customs team that will handle all the details and can offer additional airport services such as tarmac and cargo-loading supervision, as well as a security escort if necessary. 


If you’re looking to move your artwork via ground transportation, we recommend looking into shipping your pieces securely via fine art shuttle. At Art Work FAS, our West Coast shuttle route includes Seattle, Portland, and the San Francisco Bay Area. We also service the entire West Coast from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles, CA by working with our partner carriers. Our trusted partners can hold your items for you and deliver them when it’s convenient for your schedule!

Exclusive Delivery

If you are transporting high-value work, live in a rural area that is considered “off-route” for a shuttle, or if you are bound by loan agreements or insurance requirements for museums or brokers, you may need to select a more personalized way to transport your fine art. “White glove”, or Exclusive Delivery, means that you have a truck or trucks and fine art handlers dedicated to only your artwork. 

With Exclusive Delivery through Art Work FAS, handling is done only by our team – from collection to delivery. This reduces the risks involved in transferring between various carriers; for example, from a flight to a trucking company to a storage warehouse. This service is available anywhere in the continental United States.

Partner with the Experts in Fine Art Handling

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.

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