Fine Art International Shipping and Transport Services

Shipping fine art internationally with courier services

Find an affordable and reliable fine art courier service with Eurosender. We can match your requirements for speed and quality with the right solution. Get an instant quote for shipping or transporting fine art internationally by courier and follow our guidelines on how to pack fine art for shipping. Benefit from expert advice from our logistics specialists whenever you need it.

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How to transport fine art and priceless artwork by courier

If you plan to send fine art abroad, consider the following shipping services depending on the size and time-sensitivity of your shipment:
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*Please bear in mind that some courier companies may include fine art in their list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


How to pack fine art for shipping overseas

Packing fine art and canvas paintings properly for shipping is important. In most cases, you will either ship canvas paintings in their frame or rolled in a tube. You will find below the guidelines for both techniques:

  1. Cover the painted side with glassine paper. Fold the glassine against the edges of the painting using adhesive tape to secure it. Make sure the tape only covers the glassine and not the painting itself.
  2. Tape the glassine-covered painting to a cardboard sheet or a foam board. Wrap the painting with plastic sheeting or put it into a bag. Seal the bag.
  3. Protect the painting with at least two layers of bubble wrap. Add the corner protectors.
  4. Sandwich the artwork between two sheets of plywood, Styrofoam or between 2 pieces of foam board and fix the structure with adhesive tape.
  5. Put the sandwiched painting in the box. Surround it with cushioning materials. For extra safety, you can also put the box with the painting into a slightly larger padded box.
  6. Seal the outer box with adhesive tape. You can add “Fragile” labels on all faces of the box. Make sure that the packaging itself is sufficient enough to protect the artwork without signage on how to handle the shipment.


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How to package and ship fine art rolled in a tube

If you are considering transport priceless artwork unframed, you can pack it in a mailing tube. Here is how you can ship fine art by courier overseas rolled in a tube:

  1. Put the artwork between two layers of glassine and roll it around a mailing tube with smaller dimensions.
  2. Fix the roll with a piece of adhesive paper. Make sure it can be easily removed.
  3. Roll bubble wrap around the artwork. Do not forget to seal the wrapping completely to protect it against moisture and dust.
  4. Insert the artwork into the tube. Fill empty spaces with bubble wrap. Make sure you do not damage the corners. Seal the tube.

Drawings, photographs and prints should be placed on the glassine with the image surface facing up. This way, you will roll them “face-in” and protect the image. Works on canvas, linen etc. should be placed on the glassine face-down so that the images are facing out when rolling the work. Do not roll such paintings inwards.


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More information about transporting or shipping fine art

Can I send fine art abroad with all courier companies?
It is important to note that not all courier companies will ship fine art internationally. For example, DHL, TNT and UPS will not ship packages that contain high-value artworks within the content. The price definition of “high-value” is determined by each logistics company individually, along with the specific rules and requirements for their services, so we recommend checking this further with the designated courier for your route. When booking the Express or Regular Plus shipping services, please make sure not to include these items as the courier will refuse to collect the parcel. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, phone or email before shipping to discuss your options.
What is the best way to transport fine art in Europe?
If you are transporting fine art within Europe, for example to or from an art gallery, we recommend choosing Van Delivery as it is the fastest and safest way of transporting priceless artworks and paintings. You get a van dedicated to your shipment and delivered directly without any stopovers. With Van Delivery, you can pack and protect the items as you wish. You do not have to fulfill any packing requirements from the courier, but we still recommend packing your fine art safely for shipping.
What is the best way to ship valuable artwork overseas?
If you are shipping valuable artwork overseas, we recommend requesting an individual offer on our website. Our team will prepare a fully tailored shipping solution and contact you with a free quote. We will arrange safe delivery by a reliable transport company offering the best price-performance ratio and you will benefit from door-to-door shipping.
How much does it cost to ship fine art by courier?
The cost for sending fine art depends on the size and weight of the shipment, the route and the shipping service you select for transporting your fine art. You can get an instant quote by inserting your information in the booking tool below.
How do I pack fine art for moving?
When packing fine art for moving, the guidelines depend on the service you choose. With the Standard Service, all items must be packed in boxes, while Freight Transport requires pallets for shipping. The Van Delivery Service is the only option that does not have strict packing requirements. If you are relocating with larger artworks or oddly-shaped items such as sculptures, we recommend requesting an individual offer. Enter your shipping details and our experts will prepare a tailor-made offer for the best available price. Read more about our international relocation services.
How do I pack fine art prints for shipping?
Since the most common method of packing art prints for shipping is in a mailing tube, you can follow our guidelines for packing artworks rolled in a tube.
Is there insurance for shipping fine art internationally?
Almost all shipments with Eurosender are covered by basic insurance, however this does not apply to artwork of high value. Most courier companies determine a threshold for the items they allow to be transported, which usually corresponds to the insurance coverage available. If your item falls below this threshold and is not considered valuable or fragile, it may be covered by shipping insurance. However, if your item exceeds the threshold value, you should be aware that you will be sending it at your own risk and the shipping insurance will not be applicable.
Depending on the value of the artwork you are sending, you can check our additional shipping insurance options. If you need higher insurance coverage for your artwork, contact our logistics specialists before booking to discuss your options.

Check the cost for shipping fine art overseas

Take these guidelines into consideration when shipping fine art by courier nationally and internationally. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. If you decide to ship valuable artworks overseas, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transport of your shipment.