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Ship Artwork "Easel-y"

When you’re shipping something as precious and fragile as art, you need to be absolutely sure you pick the right partner for the job. uShip’s network of white glove and special care transporters are experts in moving works of art and protecting your valuable items. The most common cause of damage when shipping art is improper packaging. The art shipping company you work with with will typically provide packaging services or give advice on how to do it yourself.

When you’re seeking an art shipping company, you should first take time to carefully measure, weigh and evaluate the art piece. When you’re ready to list your item, be sure to include photos and as much detail as possible to get accurate quotes. Once you start receiving quotes, be sure to review each transporter, and look for reviews from previous customers who’ve used them to transport their art. Don’t forget to evaluate the service provider’s insurance and any relevant licensing information. Depending on the insurance they provide, you may want to purchase additional cargo insurance through uShip.

Shipping Art with uShip

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With uShip, shipping art is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 | Create Your Shipment Listing

First, you’ll want to consider your timeframe and the pick up and delivery locations. Make sure you’re ready with your art piece’s dimensions and weight, as well as information about how it will be packaged during transport. Include pictures, and be as detailed a possible during this step to ensure you get accurate art shipping quotes.

2 | Choose the Best Art Shipping Company

Once your art listing is completed, you’ll start receiving quotes from art transport companies as they compete for your business. As the shipping quotes come through, you can ask questions and talk directly to the service provider. Use this communication to find out more about their experience and expertise. This will give you a good idea of their services.

Every service provider has their own profile with their transportation history, customer rated feedback, and safety records for your review. Check to see how many art deliveries they have completed similar to your’s, and the feedback left from their previous customers. Review these profiles, talk to the art shipment companies, and take the quote into consideration to feel confident you are choosing the best art transport company.

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3 | Art Shipping & Delivery

After you have selected your art shipping service, contact them with any additional details, questions or concerns you may have about your shipment. Share any third party contact information that could make the shipment run smoothly. Work with your transporter on a good pick-up and delivery location for your art shipment. If you run into any issues, let us know. We’re here to help before, during, and after your art delivery.

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How Much Does Art Shipping Cost?

The average cost for art shipping depends on the distance, dimensions, and special care. On average, it costs $1.77 per mile to transport art less than 100 miles, but costs $0.34 per mile to transport art less than 1000 miles.

Visit our cost to ship artwork page for an inside look at the uShip art shipping process. There, you'll see art shipments completed through the uShip marketplace and get a better feel for how we work. No matter what you're shipping, being familiar with the process is key to getting a great shipping experience.

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