Shipping art requires special skills. Sculptures add a level of complexity to the process due to their odd sizes, shapes and weights. Depending on what the sculpture is made of, it can be very fragile and break easily. In order to ship sculptures properly, care must be taken in the packaging and crating to ensure that your sculpture arrives unharmed at its destination.
Cratex Group put together an article providing advice on shipping automobiles overseas a few months ago. While much of that article also applies to the one before you today, there are differences when it comes to cars of the classic/vintage variety. Last week the International Auto Show graced the Vancouver Convention Centre near one of the ports where our industrial packing and crating company has been known to service clients. One walk over to Hagerty’s Classic Alley evidenced the reason extra special care needs to be taken when shipping a vintage vehicle overseas. The ’51 Mercury pictured above was the star of the show – can you imagine shipping such a beauty on a long ocean voyage without ensuring that it is protected from bumper to bumper?
In the spirit of protecting these four wheeled treasures we have compiled a list of tips for those of you shipping classic cars overseas for business or for a personal collection.
5 Tips to Shipping Classic Cars Overseas
The antique business has seen a big resurgence over the last few years. Whether it’s a cyclical pattern or simply the side effect of all of the antique and restoration television programs flooding our cable channels we welcome the result. Much of this business involves regular shipping of antique furniture overseas where supply must be imported/exported to meet demand in far away lands. In other circumstances collections travel for antique shows and the like. No matter the reason protection of these valuable treasures is imperative not only for financial reasons but also to preserve the legacy of furnishings that have stood the test of time. In today’s Cratex Group blog post we are providing antique furniture dealers, collectors, and curators with a few helpful tips to best prepare their wares for long distance shipping.