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Postby oskar516 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:46 pm


I have a new client that is looking for me to send pictures to different places in the world including Europe and Australia.

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with this and could recommend a courier. The biggest size would be around 1m x 70cm.

Also does anyone know anywhere to get good packing boxes from in those kind of sizes?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Couriers Worldwide

Postby Kwik Picture Framing » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:25 am

UK mail is good and cheap. They cover worldwide
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Re: Couriers Worldwide

Postby CanvasChris » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:00 pm


used them before when sending overseas... remember to pack well as you can't insure 'art'
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Re: Couriers Worldwide

Postby realhotglass » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:35 pm

If it is framed art, and to be glazed, consider using acrylic.
Or, sent it unglazed and have it temp fitted, so it can easily be removed and glass added at the destination by a local framer of the purchasers choice.

UK Mail service may be ok if not too fragile, but I wouldn't trust a frame to make it with corners intact.
For those sizes I would go a proper courier, TNT or DHL etc, but I wouldn't trust any of them to reliably deliver framed art with glass glazing.
Open an account as pricing is usually much lower than booking one ofs.


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Re: Couriers Worldwide

Postby Graysalchemy » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:53 pm

I always make a crate out of Mdf and pack the picture in tight. Having said that had a courier in London who managed to 'break' or should I say drive over a crate in London.

Re: Couriers Worldwide

Postby gumtree » Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:16 pm

Royal Mail used to be great, before it got privatized and fares skyrocketed, now your best bet are international freight forwarding companies, cutting corners by making bulk deals with the likes of TNT, DHL, UPS and looking for free space in their cargo holds to fill up on the cheap, they're actually cheaper than directly ordering deliveries from the sites that ship them most of the time.
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Re: Couriers Worldwide

Postby prospero » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:15 pm

I've made shipping crates in the past by using 3-4" wide timber. Doesn't have to be anything fancy. Face each side with
2.5 MDF. Plenty of packing so the frame doesn't flop about inside.

I would endorse the suggestion of not sending glass - just put a temporary protective sheet of mountboard or whatever in
and the recipient can then have it glazed locally. This saves a lot of weight and is also safer all round.
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Re: Couriers Worldwide

Postby Steve N » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:50 am

Before sending to Australia, check their Custom/imports info, regarding prohibited items, such as wooden goods

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Re: Couriers Worldwide

Postby misterdiy » Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:43 pm

I would not send glass for the simple reason that couriers will not insure it if there is glass in. I normally send it with acrylic if it needs to be finished - and describe the package as a wooden frame. never mention the word "picture" :roll:
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