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Moving Artwork & Antiques Overseas

At Allied International, we are pleased to receive many relocation requests from museums, art galleries, and auction houses. They know that if they must send their works of art abroad, our specialist overseas moving company is a reliable way to do it.

Transporting an entire art collection, perhaps one valued at millions of dollars, requires expertise in administration, packing, handling, and the use of specialist equipment. Owners, art lovers, and insurers would be horrified by anything less. At Allied International, we have many institutions and private owners coming back to us again and again. Over the years we have built up an enviable reputation for transferring everything from grand pianos to paintings to ceramics.

Our professionalism, experience, and technical expertise are second to none when it comes to moving artworks and antiques abroad.

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Contact us today for a competitive quote for moving your valuable works of art. We will offer a price tailored to your particular collection, timescales, and budget. Pricing is structured around the following six considerations:

Composition: First, we examine what it is we are being asked to move. A ceramic tea service requires different transferal skills to a grand piano or a couple of old master paintings. The size, weight, shape, and fragility of the items are assessed to produce a fair quotation. The cost of moving valuable art and furniture will also depend on whether we are moving a single piece or a whole collection overseas.

Collection Point: Assembling an exhibition often requires the collection of items from separate locations. We can program the most cost-effective way to gather all your exhibits together at a single destination such as a museum or auction house.

Destination: Moving works of art to another state will be cheaper if you are already based in the USA. Distance is not the only factor, however. Different countries have their own international customs regulations. Even within Europe, different import and export restrictions apply depending on location. We can help you with the particular duties, taxes, forms, invoices, and waybills that apply in each country. We will also warn you of any potential penalties and extra fees you might risk incurring. Whatever the destination, we can help move your works of art through customs smoothly.

Mode of Transport: Interstate transferal is usually executed by road. Transferring works of art abroad is often inter-modal, requiring a mix of land, sea and/or air transport. Freighting by air is more expensive, but it is also more reliable, safer for your items, and faster. If time is not an issue, and your pieces are particularly robust, then freighting by sea might prove a less costly option.

Storage: If you need items stored for the short or long term, we can offer the best in state-of-the-art, climate-controlled warehouses, and other secure storage facilities.

Transit Insurance: We can broker the best, most effective deal to insure your artwork while it is in transit. Specialist items require specialist insurance. Transit insurance offers you complete peace of mind during the moving transport process.


For Allied International, the job of moving your treasured artwork and antiques begins before we place anything in a crate.

Assessment of your collection reveals which packaging materials are best suited to a particular piece. We do not have a one-box-fits-all mentality, especially when it comes to fine art. Whatever the physical characteristics of a piece, it has to be packed safely and securely. If all the correct guidelines are followed, nothing is so fragile that it cannot be packed and shipped safely. This means choosing the right packaging material and the crate or box that is the proper size for the piece.

Before packing, each piece is inspected. Any blemishes or wear and tear are recorded. If necessary, the piece is carefully cleaned or wiped down. Larger pieces may need dismantling, to be reassembled after unpacking.

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Our staff comprises specialists trained in packing and handling every kind of art and antique. Whether it is a grandfather clock, a bronze sculpture, or a painting, we know the right packaging material to use.  Each piece is individually packed for maximum protection against shock, vibration, and friction. We also factor the mode of transport into the way something is packed, whether it is by land, sea or air.

We use a range of packaging materials, including:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Loose polystyrene chips
  • Foam sheeting
  • Paper, including acid-free paper

Wooden crates are the best for containing artwork and antiques. If a standard-sized crate will not work, we never hesitate to create a custom-built crate that fits squarely around the piece, and also lining the crate with foam that will provide extra protection from compression forces.

It is critical that sculptures, books, and antiques are packed so that they cannot shift and therefore suffer damage during transit.

Certain artwork and antiques are packed according to associated rules:

Ceramics, Porcelain and Fine Glass: These fragile items are each wrapped in paper and packed inside a crate filled with poly chips

Silverware : As above, but wrapped in acid-free paper to prevent tarnishing

Antique Furniture : Crated, with weak points identified and given extra padding

Paintings : Frames are protected with tape. Corners are given extra padding, and the painting is wrapped in porous paper, which allows the canvas to breathe. Paintings need to be crated securely together, so that they do not fall over during transit

Antique Mirrors and Glass Panes : These are protected with bubble wrap and a layer of thick cardboard. Extra padding is provided for corners.

Post Packing

We do not consider the job done until all your valuable works of art have been efficiently loaded and transferred to their new destination.

Tracking is a tried and tested way to protecting high-value items. Each consignment will be tracked throughout its journey.

Upon arrival, the consignment is unloaded promptly. We unpack, place, reassemble (if necessary) all pieces, then clean away all debris and packaging materials.

At Allied International, we appreciate that your artwork and antiques may represent far more than financial investments to you. Family heirlooms are treasured for their memories and provenance.

Our highly trained moving team can offer a safe journey for your artwork and antiques, regardless how far the destination. This means that you never have to worry about your works of art. You can be confident that they are in safe hands.

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Allied International Overseas Moving can provide a container moving service that carries goods to any destination in the world. We can ship your household contents smoothly, allowing you to focus on settling your family into their new home overseas.

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Moving even the smallest business overseas can be a huge undertaking. Careful planning is essential to prevent unnecessary stress. Hiring Allied International to organize the entire operation takes the heat off. It also allows the business to carry on running without affecting productivity.

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With Allied International’s air freight transport, your belongings will be delivered more quickly. It is recommend to use this method of moving if you have time constraints for your move or would like to expedite the delivery of your items.

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We are your ultimate, one-stop-shop for all of your international storage and warehousing needs. We offer a wide range of options for storing your valuables. Whether you only have a few boxes or have heavy furniture or equipment, we can help you store your belongings in a safe and secure environment.

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Our partnership with Allied International is an unmatched asset when it comes to choosing us as your international mover. With markets in over 177 countries and over 1,000 locations worldwide, our highly-trained professionals will execute your move overseas. Your timely, cost-effective international move will be accomplished through ocean or air moving options as needed.