Tips to Shipping Antique Furniture


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.

6 Tips to Follow When Shipping Antique Furniture Overseas

1. Get a Comprehensive Appraisal

Forget what you paid for them, it’s all about the appraisal value when insuring your antiques for shipping. The appraisal value is often higher so you will want to ensure that every single item in the cargo being shipped has been updated with a recent appraisal, especially since values do indeed fluctuate.

2. Photograph Everything

Photograph everything before the crates are closed on your shipment, and we do mean everything – every nook, cranny, handle, and corner of your antique furniture cargo. It may be time consuming but you will be glad you did should anything in the shipment arrive in anything less than the condition it departed in.

3. Secure Loose or Damaged Areas

Antique furniture slated for transit may have loose or damaged areas. Secure those sections well to prevent further abuse. It may not seem to make sense to ship something in such a condition but often these items are shipped so that they can receive proper restoration. The right restoration can skyrocket the value of an antique. The wrong restoration can tank it. Thus you will need to take extra care when shipping said furnishings over long distances.

4. Shrink Wrap Each Item Tightly

Careful and firmly wound shrink wrapping can offer tremendous protection for your antique furniture cargo. It prevents components from shifting, prevents the slightest of scratches, and protects the goods from other external hazards.

5. Calculate the Moisture

Antique furniture is made from a diverse variety of woods. Some of these woods are more susceptible to moisture in the air, especially when being shipped for great distances overseas. Consult with an antiques professional specializing in such manners (if you are not that person) and do your homework to find out which woods can travel on the sea and in certain climates without additional protection.

6. Hire a Professional Packing & Crating Company

Finally, the best step you can take to shipping your antique furniture safely is to secure the services of an industrial level packing and crating company with years of experience in the preparation and protection of sensitive cargo. If you are shipping antique goods on a grand scale from a Greater Vancouver port please contact Cratex Group today.