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.

Daniel Quare pocket watch

Plea to help track down stolen Daniel Quare pocket watch

20 March 2021

A Daniel Quare pocket watch has gone missing in transit and its owner hopes the trade may help locate it.

Scottish lockdown changes as click-and-collect services halted

18 January 2021

Click-and-collect services from non-essential retail will now no longer be allowed in Scotland.


Shipping & delivery: New world border

14 December 2020

Deal or no-deal, logistics firms are as prepared as they can be for any eventuality for Brexit post-December 31


Brexit: Imports and Exports from January 1

14 December 2020

A number of changes will affect the import and export of goods from January 1, 2021, when items moving between the UK and the EU will have to undergo customs formalities and border control, like any other country.


Lock and load up: how delivery firms have adapted their services to the art and antiques trade during the lockdown

06 July 2020

Fitting delivery vans with showers and toilets was just one of the innovative solutions that haulage and logistics firms had to improvise to keep their vital services running for the art and antiques trade.


The situation evolves – but safe delivery options are available

06 April 2020

Given the government’s strict guidelines on social distancing, what delivery options can art and antiques buyers use during the lockdown period?


How charging a lot for packing could cost you much more in the long term

20 January 2020

MADAM – I am a regular user of various online sites that facilitate distant bidding. I have noticed a huge disparity between auction houses that recognise that the bigger the audience, the greater chance of higher prices for the lots on sale – and therefore the chance of increased buyer’s premium earnings – and those that seem to regard bidders using delivery services as a cash cow to be milked through ‘shipping costs’.


Moving stories

24 June 2019

Whether it’s delivering a 12ft long model ship or taking a dining table from Paris to London, getting a prized item from A to B safely is vital. We also report on latest developments in art insurance.

No antiques exemption for knife shipping

23 July 2018

An update to the offensive weapons bill (2017-19) could have a negative impact on the shipping of antique swords and knives.


Shipping and delivery: rising expectations of the moving experience

25 June 2018

How can art and antique buyers ensure their purchases arrive in the same condition as when they were bought, at a competitive price? ATG explores some options...

Top tips: choosing a delivery supplier

25 June 2018

ATG asked the experts for general advice and tips they would give a first-time buyer new to art shipping.

Cadogan Tate shippers

Dutch private equity firm acquires fine art shippers Cadogan Tate

19 June 2018

Shipping firm Cadogan Tate has been acquired by Amsterdam-based investment firm H2 Equity Partners.

Gander and White

Six snaps from Gander & White’s 85th anniversary party

27 November 2017

Fine arts and antiques shipping firm Gander & White celebrated its 85th anniversary last week.

Editor’s comment: shipping and delivery

19 June 2017

On Twitter last week, auctioneer and TV pundit Paul Laidlaw vented about a high quote for delivery that far exceeded the cost of the object he was buying.

US price comparison site for shipping Arta looks to expand in Europe

19 June 2017

The New York-based art shipping firm Arta is in the process of raising its second round of funding – this time to help it expand in the UK and Europe.


The final mile of packing and shipping

19 June 2017

Delivery of art and antiques is highly competitive as suppliers vie to provide customers with a better, faster experience. But there are still complexities to iron out, not least expectations on cost.

Shipping firms face US cancellations

01 October 2001

Transit papers lost in terror attacks. UK shipping firms have reported cancellations from American dealers and a back-log of freight waiting to clear US customs in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on September 11.