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Through the years, shipping and globalisation has made it possible for people to buy and sell art internationally, as well as artists shipping their works over for international trade shows. Shipping fine art abroad is a challenging task, even for those with shipping experience.

The important part of getting a shipment safely abroad is to use the correct packaging

When shipping paintings, it is important to pack it in layers. Start with plastic wrap on the inside to add a layer of sealed protection. From there the second layer will be a cardboard box, followed by a layer of bubble wrap. Once all of this is done, it will go into the final outer box.

Shipping bigger sculptures, however, have completely different packing requirements. Although you cannot really set a specific rule as with flat art, there are some basic measures one can take when shipping valuable art sculptures. Basic materials to use are bubble wrap, packing tape, sturdy cardboard boxes for smaller sculptures, and custom wooden crates for bigger sculptures. It is very important to cover up the most delicate portions of the art, adding extra layers of bubble wrap. The artwork is then securely fastened to the crate or carefully packed in their box.

“Shipping any valuable item is a difficult and scary task, it is very important to choose an experienced forwarder, such as Pioneer Freight, to assist and advise” says Jan Pretorius, air exports manager.