Professional packing TSI’s fine art shipping services include professional packing and custom crating, plus indoor pickup and delivery, for all your fragile and valuable pieces.
Insurance Every art shipment includes federally mandated limited liability coverage, which pays out at 60 cents per pound. For high-value, one-of-a-kind, original, or highly sentimental artwork, we strongly recommend purchasing supplemental insurance.
Access to specialty carriers TSI works with a nationwide network of licensed and approved carriers. We can secure space on a dedicated truck, as well as on trucks with air-ride suspension or climate controlled environments.
Tom B., a philanthropist and education enthusiast, needed help shipping Tobey, a 1,400 lb solid bronze bear statue worth approximately $70,000 to a charter school in Cashiers, NC—in just six days.
TSI’s logistics specialists worked with Tom to create a shipping plan that would get Tobey to his new home safely and on time. Our 5-person moving team dismantled Tobey, packed him into a specially-built custom crate, and transported him to Cashiers on an air-ride suspension truck. Tobey arrived early, and the school has been enjoying his company ever since.
How do I ship art?
There are many ways to ship art, depending on the size, value, and nature of the piece being shipped. In most cases, the safest way to ship fine art like paintings or sculpture is to work with an expert shipping provider who has the experience to properly transport these items. When you work with a professional shipper like TSI, you get access to important services like professional packing and custom crating, along with indoor pickup and delivery to ensure your artwork stays safe from pickup to delivery.
How much does it cost to ship a piece of artwork?
The total cost to ship artwork with a professional shipping company like TSI will ultimately depend on how many pieces you have to move, how far they will travel, and any special considerations your shipping partner will need to keep in mind.
We highly recommend adding insurance to any artwork shipment at an additional cost of $6 per $100 of value.
How do I ship a sculpture?
There are many ways to ship a sculpture. The best method depends on the size and value of the piece, as well as any special considerations unique to your sculpture. Learn more about your options for shipping sculpture in our “How Do I Ship Sculpture?” guide. Regardless of which shipping method you choose, the most challenging aspect of shipping sculpture is packing it properly. TSI’s sculpture shipping service includes professional packing and crating, as well as indoor pickup and delivery to ensure your heavy, bulky, or fragile pieces arrive safely and in one piece.
How do I ship framed artwork safely?
The safest way to pack paintings, including stretched canvas or framed paintings, is in a properly sized crate. Professional shipping providers like TSI will offer special crating services for all of your fragile and expensive pieces of art. For detailed instructions on how to properly pack artwork yourself, read our “How Do I Ship Paintings?” guide.
Is extra insurance available for shipping art?
Yes, extra insurance is available for fine art shipments, including paintings and sculptures. All art shipments transported by TSI include federally mandated limited liability coverage, which pays out at 60 cents per pound. For high-value, one-of-a-kind, original, or highly sentimental artwork, we strongly recommend purchasing supplemental insurance.
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