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Artwork Packing, Crating and Shipping

Art packing and Art shipping
Packing and shipping fine, fragile, valuable one of a kind pieces of art takes extreme care and special handling. The Gateway Operations team has the experience and expertise to handle your art packaging and shipping needs. Artists, Gallery Owners and Museum Operators want one thing: Make sure my Works of Art are packed and transported to ensure they don't get damaged. 

Art Handling Services for canvas paintings, glass framed art, bronzes, ceramics and sculptures requires professional know how when it comes to the optimum packing and shipping combination for your artwork.

Gateway Optimum Transportation can help you determine what method of transport is right for your art piece. Many fragile items require special transport services that include Air Ride or Shuttle transportation.

Items traveling overseas or internationally will require special packaging, including meeting international packaging standards such as ISPM-15 Wood Packing Materials for crated items shipping between participating countries. Gateway Crate and Freight is a IPPC certified facility for export crating (License US-20468). 

Make sure you understand your artwork packing and shipping options. For a free quote today call 480-966-0795 for Optimum Packing and Crating Services for your valuable Artwork.
Bronze Statue "Suribachi Summit" Crate and Ship
Bronze Shipping
In recognition of Memorial Day this month our shipment of the month features reusable crates and shipping of 5 bronze statues "Suribachi Summit" Flag raising. Our Friend David Venell is a great artist and sculpture. Visit his website at to view his other sculptures.

For this particular job we had 5 statues with wood and marble base combinations that needed to be protected during shipment. These bronze statues are very heavy and the weight rests on a marble base that is the most fragile part of the piece.

To protect these works of art we created a base of EP foam that both sat under and around the base sinking the statue into a 2 inch cut of foam. This provided protection from shock and vibration during shipping but also it helps to eliminate shifting in the crate.

Because these statues will be moving around to display at military events we needed to design a reusable crate that allowed for easy entry and removal as well as providing solid blocking and bracing.

In the second picture to the right you can see how we designed the crate to allow for blocks and braces to be inserted and removed without screws or bolts. The system allows the statues to be safely held in place but easily removed or inserted at the locations the statues will display.

Finally the outside walls of the crates were designed to clamp together utilizing klimp clamps, this means that at all locations they will not need tools to remove or insert screws for the walls.

Gateway Crate and Freight took great time and care to understand the artists needs and designed a system that will work best for his sculptures. Thanks David for allowing us to provide you with packing and shipping services for your valuable works of art.

Call us if you have valuable fine art pieces. We are Veteran owned business and are proud of our service men and women. 480-966-0795
Glass Art (The Phoenix) Packing and Shipping
Glass Art Shipping
We have packed and shipped a number of valuable art pieces from galleries in Scottsdale but this Glass "Phoenix" was a delicate one. Gateway Crate and Freight has packed and shipped a few of these so we thought we would feature the one we shipped this month.

We start by surrounding the rounded outer glass with a piped foam protector. Bubble wrap is then placed in the space separating the two wings in the center and making a custom fitted box.

Not pictured to the right but added later was a 1" foam base bottom to absorb vibration and not cause cracking in the glass. An additional piece of foam was added to help stabilize the box and reduce the risk of compression at the top.

This is the inner box. This box was then placed in another box with 2 inches of space filled with polystyrene peanuts to provide an extra barrier of protection for the artwork.

Packing and shipping delicate large pieces like this successfully on a regular basis takes the right materials and know how. Before even designing the packaging we knew how this was going to ship. We determine parcel, truck, air etc. and then design the packaging.

Knowing this was traveling by freight truck we then knew a double box method utilizing some foam to cut down on vibration and bubble to protect the art inside the box was a safe and economical way to ship this.

The double box is then placed on a pallet and we banded the box down so it could not move on the pallet and the box is inside the dimension of the pallet. This allows a forklift to pick up and transfer the box but never come in contact with the box. The box is banded to the middle from the front or back where it would be moved. Call us to determine the best options for packing and shipping your valuable artwork. 480-966-0795
Fragile Art Shipping 
Sand Art Wall Picture
Packing and shipping something as fragile as Sand Wall Art requires special transportation services and experienced crating and packing specialists. Gateway Crate and Freight specializes in the movement and packing of valuable and fragile works of art.

Moving Framed Art in Glass 
Picture Art Pack and Ship
When high resolution or valuable artwork is in glass and a frame it is important to protect the artwork from the glass. Although this wall art is a large high resolution picture the owner wanted these pictures to be protected and boxed.

The owner was moving and the moving company said they could blanket wrap and move these safely. The owner was skeptical and also might store these for a while so he had us come out and professionally pack and box these works of art.

Gateway Crate and Freight can professionally pack and ship your glass framed wall art.
Full Crate Expensive works of Art
Protect Art Fully Crate
This painting was fully crated on site at the residence to protect it for a move. Gateway Crate and Freight carries a 1 million dollar liability insurance policy that covers your items whether we are packing it in our pack and ship facility or at your home or office while we move and pack your items.

The very valuable painting was wrapped and fully crated on site to ensure it would not be damaged during the move. We specialize in custom crating fine pieces of art and pride our selves on our custom packing work. 

These art pieces we protected the frame with foam sheets, wrapped the entire piece of art work to protect it from any elements and placed Foam board inserts into the custom crate.Gateway Crate and Freight has the experience you need to safely pack and ship your valuable art pieces. 
Sculpture and Statue Pack and Ship
Sculpture Shipping
Gateway Crate and Freight shipped this Bronze Sculpture UPS and it made it just fine! 

How did we do it? We wrapped, blocked and braced it in a wood frame ensuring the fragile birds could not move and hit any of the container.

The Artist who makes these uses us to pack and ship her work. We have shipped her pieces of art all over the country. Notice on the box that went UPS that we put fragile and up stickers to indicate the best way for the statue to travel.

However we designed the inside so that the item should safely travel no matter what way the box is turned.

If you are an artist and want to protect your one of a kind art pieces when they are shipping to their new home give Gateway Crate and Freight a call 855-474-4685. 

Consignment Wall Art
Wall Art Shipping

Consignment stores have a variety of items offered for sale and when that sale takes place to a client outside of the state or the country they call Gateway Crate and Freight to ensure their valuable sale is professionally packed, crated and shipped.

December’s shipment of the month is no exception. Valued at $10,000 this unique painting needed to be packed, crated and shipped. The painting consist of three individual panels measuring 72" high, 22" wide and 6" deep.

Gateway Crate and Freight wrapped each panel individually with wax paper. Wax paper is a great protective cover for a painting like this because it is a protective wrap that won’t react with the paint. To hold the paper together we used tape, but only on the backside of the painting. No tape was used on the front to ensure no adhesive could come in contact with the artwork.

The panels were then bubble wrapped and shrink wrapped, again during this process no tape was used on the front or sides of the painting.

A full wood crate was built with a shelving unit that allowed each piece to travel apart from each other. Each piece traveled only on its backside protecting both the front and sides from contact with the crate.

Attention to detail on this move was important from pickup to packaging and crate design through shipping and ultimately delivery. Gateway Crate and Freight can help you ensure professional packaging and shipping for any artwork you have.

Pottery Pack and Ship
Pottery pack crate and ship
Fragile items like pottery can be successfully shipped when packed professionally. 

Let Gateway Crate and Freight design the right kind of packaging for your next shipment of fragile artwork. We use high quality packing materials including bubble wrap, foam and boxes and can recommend the right package for you.
Crating Statues
Bagged and Sunk in Foam
Sculpture Shipping
Removable blocking and bracing
Statue Crating
Statue Crates ready to ship
Custom Wrap Box
Custom Box after Foam and Bubble wrap
Custom Pack Inside Box
Inside Box
Double Box Shipping
Double Box (Outer Box)
Wall Art Crate
Full Wall Art Crate
Glass Wall Art Pack
Glass Wall Art Boxes
Crate Foam Pack
Art Crate Foam Packing
Fine Art Crates
Fine Art Crates
Pottery Crate
Pottery Crate
Statue Pack
Block and Brace Sculpture
Shipping a Statue
Shipping Ready to Go
Paper Wrap Artwork
Wax Paper Wrap Packing
Painting Crate
Crate Shelves
Artwork Shipping Crate
Full Artwork Crate
We have experience professionally packing, custom crating and transporting a number of valuable pieces of Artwork for Artists, Galleries and Museums. The Gateway Operations Team is dedicated to ensuring these valuables are picked up, stored, packed, shipped and delivered with the security and integrity, that one of a kind pieces of Art require.

Gateway has experience Packing and Shipping:


      • Paintings
      • Sculptures
      • Pottery/Ceramics
      • Glassworks
      • Archeological Collections
      • Architectual Collections
      • Art Gallery Collections
      • Museum Collections
      • Antique Collections

We G.O.T. you covered for all your Art distribution needs