Art Crating


Solutions for Antique and Fine Art Packing and Crating in Washington DC

Auctioneers, collectors, galleries, museums and artists rely on us to safely move their delicate and valuable antiques across the country and around the world. From fine art and antiques, to precious heirlooms, our proven process begins with a comprehensive assessment of your product including risk, storage, environmental factors such as climate, temperature, and humidity, pickup conditions, mode of transport, and final destination. All of these factors are considered in choosing the appropriate container and cushioning system to protect valuable items during shipping.

Services Customized to Each Item’s Specific Needs

For 30+ years, Craters & Freighters has been a leader in specialized solutions for the packaging, crating, and shipping of paintings. That’s why the most selective art experts rely on us to move their fragile pieces. No other provider can match our expertise with one-of-a-kind artwork.

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Insurance Coverage for Fine Art & Antiques

Craters & Freighters offers different types of insurance coverage for valuable shipments including:

  • Full Coverage Cargo – based on declared value
  • Limited Liability Insurance – for lost items only

Generally, if a customer elects to purchase our insurance coverage and a value is declared, we insure the item from pickup to delivery.

Expert Fine Art Shipping

We design, build, and cushion all our crates and corrugated containers specifically for the artwork being shipped. High-value, one-of-a-kind items, heirlooms, collectables, and memorabilia – you can trust us to handle it all with care.

  • Custom packing and cushioning
  • Corrugated containers and wood crates
  • Transportation — carrier selection based on item, budget, time frame
  • Insurance — available coverage on original art, glass, and antiques (for exclusions, see Terms & Conditions)
  • White-glove delivery — includes unpacking and setup
  • Auction packaging, crating, and shipping

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