Delivery and Shipping

When it comes to transporting fine art and antiques, plenty of shipping companies offer services specially tailored for the industry. A list of shippers can be found on this website.


ATG letter: Three cheers for in-house shipping

05 February 2024

I would like to thank 1818 Auctioneers and specifically Sheryl who packed and posted.


Obituary: Christopher Linton Green (1947-2023)

08 January 2024

Chris Green’s involvement in the art and antiques shipping business started long before Art Logistics Ltd.

Gander & White

Shipping and delivery: The sea is green

25 September 2023

The industry is tackling the thorny issue of sustainability in shipping and delivery for art and antiques


Shipping and delivery: ‘Green living’ in a material world

25 September 2023

The UK government earlier this year announced it is giving packaging producers more time to be greener: it has deferred new rules to ensure the producers pay for the cost of recycling from 2024 to October 2025.

Beeswax cloth

Shipping and delivery: Waxing lyrically

25 September 2023

Beeswax wraps have become a popular alternative for food packaging. Dr Peter Cannon-Brookes, a British art historian and museologist (formerly keeper of art at Birmingham and at the National Museum of Wales), looks at the history of the waxed cloth and why beeswax could be important for the future of sustainable packaging


Shipping and delivery: Brexit is getting better but still a business burden

25 September 2023

It’s more than three and a half years since Britain left the EU on January 31, 2020.


Shipping and delivery: How auction houses deal with in-house shipping

25 September 2023

Many auction houses find offering a packing and delivery option too costly and time consuming especially for a wide variety of items from an 18 piece dinner service to a dining table and 12 chairs.

Volvo 245

End of an era for antiques dealers: Volvo Estate cars to no longer be sold in the UK

09 August 2023

After 70 years, the Volvo Estate - the workhorse of countless antiques dealers over the years - is being withdrawn from the UK market.

ATG LETTER: Dollar dilemma when it comes to deliveries

24 April 2023

Further to the issue raised in ATG No 2589 regarding problems importing items


Too much VAT charged on imports from EU, say collectors and dealers

17 April 2023

Collectors and dealers say they are being incorrectly charged for import VAT by eBay and logistics providers such as DHL.


Reused, sustainable – but needs packaging

21 November 2022

How is the art and antiques trade to respond to the gloomy predictions discussed at the recent Cop27 in Egypt November 6-18)?


Changing environment: how to reduce the carbon impact of shipping

21 November 2022

The art and antiques sector is already regarded as ‘green’ due to the items in question having been ‘reused’ and ‘recycled’ rather than created new each time.


Ship or not to ship? An insurer’s point of view on one of the biggest dealer costs

21 November 2022

Shipping is one of the largest annual costs for art and antique dealers so it’s no surprise that many look for the most cost-effective method of shipping to get orders to excited clients.


Packing and shipping: Delivering the goods

21 November 2022

Special report on how art and antiques shipping and packing firms are meeting the challenges of festive deadlines, postal strikes, going green and Brexit.

Shipping: How rising challenges can be overcome

21 November 2022

Since Britain left the EU on January 31, 2020, and the transition period ended on December 31 that year, the way goods are moved between the UK and the EU has changed – costing more money and time.


Online art buying fuels business growth

21 November 2022

The pandemic forced more buyers online and the trend has continued.

Packing cases

Essex auction house to offer sea freight delivery option

25 July 2022

Auction house Sworders hopes to promote more sustainable delivery options by offering sea freight as opposed to air freight for international shipments.

Daniel Crouch

Book sellers face extra export red tape

18 July 2022

New environmental laws in Germany and France mean overseas sellers of smaller items such as books are tackling another layer of red tape on top of those already presented by Brexit.


ATG lettter: Our customers value fast, free and efficient shipping

04 July 2022

We were concerned to read the letter ‘Salerooms should get on board with in-house shipping’ (ATG No 2548).

Packing Cases

ATG letter: Insurers must get on board with eco-friendly packaging

27 June 2022

You may take a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. In January 2020 my wife and I lent two modest paintings to the exhibition, 'Ulysses: Art and Legend', mounted by the Musei San Domenico in Forlí.