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Selling your artwork can be an exciting experience, but the shipping process can be a hassle. Edouard Gouin of Convelio provides some helpful tips to ensure the process doesn’t hamper your sales experience.

Edouard Gouin

Transporting art means transporting and caring for unique, culturally significant, financially valuable and personally important objects. They may be pieces of passion, heirlooms, investments, gifts or decorations, but regardless of the purpose or destination of these items, all shipments require the utmost care and attention. At Convelio we work to raise awareness of the importance of transporting art correctly, with correct and complete knowledge. Using the services of a specialist like Convelio can provide knowledge and ensure valuables get from A to B safely.

Art shippers work with galleries, auction houses, museums, collectors and interior designers to transport objects around the world. Using in-house developed automated pricing technology, we have brought our customers the first instant quote tool for logistics services at competitive prices. From the moment a customer places an order with us, we take care of everything from shipping, insurance, customs and real-time tracking.

As we have grown, our mission has evolved to not only provide the best services, but also to provide the best shipping training to our customers so they can grow with them. With over 14,000 expeditions executed worldwide last year alone, I’ve provided ten tips here:

1. Know the weight, dimensions, fragility and value of your shipment.

This basic information is necessary for an efficient and safe shipping project and should be ready before seeking an artwork shipping quote.

2. Know your shipping priorities – fast or inexpensive?

When shipping long distances, there are two main choices for transporting artwork: air freight or sea freight. While the former is certainly much faster, the latter is almost always a more cost effective and durable option.

3. Do you have a clear idea of ​​the level of service you need – white gloves, installation or simple drop-off?

Be aware of what delivering a project looks like to you. Do you need a bespoke “nail-to-nail” service or a simpler delivery for later installation? Delivery only options are a good way to keep costs down, but may require you to move/open a large crate alone on delivery.

4. Be aware of the fragility/temperature control/shocks of your shipment and choose a shipper who can offer these services.

All types of artwork carry their own risk factors, so it’s essential to work with a shipper who has the expertise to perform a bespoke specialist shipping operation. Our automated booking system allows anyone to create a custom quote including full shipping and packaging options. Our specialists are present at all stages of the supply chain to ensure that parts travel safely.

5. Consider packaging – do you need a crate?

Depending on the transport to be carried out and especially on the type and value of the parts, a custom-made crate should be considered. For large or valuable works that have already been transported in a crate, we systematically check that it meets our safety standards and if so, we reuse it.

6. Understand the insurance requirements to cover the shipment and if this is covered when you book (damage, theft, lost items)

Insurance is a crucial part of the art logistics process. With Convelio, this complex part of the project is generated automatically by our algorithm. The ad valorem insurance is based on the declared value of the artwork and covers possible damage and against loss.

seven. See reviews from customers with similar shipping needs

Testimonials and reviews reassure you that the specialized carrier is up to the task of transporting your works. Check to see if the chosen vendor has experience shipping your type of item. You can also request information from people around you, check the website and Google reviews.

8. Examine the environmental costs of shipping and consider different options

All actors in the art world must consider the environmental cost of their activities, from manufacturers, sellers, buyers and all others involved in the mechanics of the industry, such as shippers, packers , storage providers, to marketers and journalists. Following the publication of our emissions report, we will add a CO2 calculator in our booking platform to provide transparency on carbon emissions for each shipment.

9. Make sure you know what to expect when it comes to duties and taxes

Moving from one economic zone to another often means that export and import duties and taxes must be factored into the total cost of transport, so it is very important that customers are familiar with this. Don’t be shy and ask your carrier to estimate the additional cost. Also, many senders, including ourselves, have written tutorials on this topic.

ten. Ask for art restoration references

Use the contacts you have made during the artwork buying process (such as your gallery or previous shipper) to advise you on any work needed for the artwork. We’ve built a network of service providers to support beyond the artwork shipping process, so it’s important to ask!

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