Built for Artwork
Trusted Art Shipping Solutions
If you need to ship an oil painting, sculpture, or other artwork, you want to work with a company that knows how to fully protect your valuable assets. We’ve been helping clients get possessions like these safely from their point of origin to their destination for three decades.
That’s why leading art dealers, galleries, and artists rely on Craters & Freighters. We handle and transport fragile, one-of-a-kind pieces with exceptional care.
Services Tailored to Your Item’s Specific Needs
Artwork requires expert handling for safe transport. Trust Craters & Freighters, the company that museums, galleries, and artists rely on, to ship your items safely and economically all over the world. From specialized art crating through final delivery, our teams protect your valuable assets every step of the way.
Fine Art Insurance Coverage
Craters & Freighters provides expert packing services, which allows us to offer you coverage on original art, glass, etc. (for exclusions, see Terms & Conditions). Available insurance coverage for art and shipments includes:
- Full Coverage Cargo – based on declared value
- Limited Liability Insurance – for lost items only
Generally, if a customer elects to purchase our insurance coverage and a value is declared, we insure the item from pickup to delivery.
Trust the Leaders in Art Shipping
Whatever it is you’re looking to transport, we know how to ship it. We have experience handling virtually every type of artwork, including:
- High-value, one-of-a-kind items
- Museum-quality works
- Paintings of all kinds, including encaustic wax pieces
- Sculptures including ceramic and glass, polychrome, stone and plaster, metals
- Ethnographic materials like furniture and wooden objects
- Textiles and fibers such as paper and books, leather, fur
Unmatched Art Shipping Capabilities
Our mastery of art shipping ensures that your items will arrive at their destination on schedule and undamaged.
Safe Handling — The shipping of fine art shouldn’t be entrusted to inexperienced shippers. Craters & Freighters’ proven process begins with a thorough assessment that considers factors such as product fragility, size, and value, pickup conditions, mode of transport, environmental variables such as climate, and final destination requirements. Each requirement is factored into the appropriate container and cushioning system for ensuring damage-free shipment.
Flexible Service — We understand that different customers have different needs. Our customer service team will work with you to create a solution that meets your individual needs—from expedited service to extended services such as storage and uncrating. If you need an economical option to ship your items, we can provide the optimal solution from boxes and pallets to crates used for shipping. Tell us your need, and we will make it happen.
Scalable Offerings — No move is too large or too small for Craters & Freighters. We have served clients moving everything from single paintings to entire exhibitions.
In-House Packaging — Most “crating and shipping companies” are actually brokers who outsource the most critical task—the packaging of your items for safe transport—to so-called “agents” or “affiliates.” Craters & Freighters physically performs—and insures—its own packaging from more than 65 locations nationwide, relying on 30+ years of proven packaging methods. When you choose Craters & Freighters, you know exactly who will be handling your items, and you can rest assured that those people are up to the task.
Our Fine Art Shipping Services
Craters & Freighters is a trusted resource for the safe handling, packaging, and transporting of fine art and heirlooms.
- Custom packing and cushioning
- Wood crates and corrugated containers
- Transportation — carrier selection based on item, budget, time frame
- White-glove delivery – includes unpacking and setup
- Auction packaging, crating, shipping
Note: If you are interested in collecting, buying and shipping art, read our post on Art Collecting 101: A Crash Course for Everyday People.
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With over 65 brick-and-mortar locations across the country leveraging the best technology to provide worldwide support and logistics, Craters & Freighters has become a national powerhouse with local accountability.
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