Our shipping rates to the UK have lowered to Zone 1.
Thanks to DHL we have been able to lower our shipping rates to the UK to match Zone 1.
This is great news for all of you out there in the UK shipping with Museumpak. For clients with a UK VAT number, please mention your VAT number upon checkout in the notes field. This will speed up processing times through British customs and delivery.
Serving 14 more countries in Europe
We have also expanded our horizon and our now serving 13 (!) more countries in Europe.
Newcomers in the shipping destination list are:
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Monaco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia
Shipping rates to these destinations are included in the shipping table overview at the bottom of the shop boxes page.
To continue a smooth service to our valued UK customers we are introducing a few temporary measures that will allow us to work out a more permanent solution. We continue service to the UK and hope to reduce the effects of Brexit to a minimum for our clients.
Goods entering Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) with a total value of £135 or less (excluding freight and any other identifiable taxes and charges) will be replaced by supply VAT. This means that VAT will no longer be collected at the time of import, but will be charged by the seller at the time of sale and accounted for by the seller on a regular VAT return. The £135 limit applies to the value of a total consignment that is imported, not the separate value of individual items that are in a consignment.
This means that for an individual order of a Small or Medium Box the buyer will pay VAT to Museumpak as currently included in the listed prices and Museumpak will transfer VAT to the UK. For any orders of items over £135, customers will get a same day VAT refund from Museumpak and will be charged standard UK VAT at 20% upon entry in the UK.
For those of you who prefer to avoid the VAT refund, we offer the possibility to email us your order. We'll prepare you a direct link on the webstore that will include correct VAT and shipping for your order. Any orders can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll process the order link same day.
All our webstore prices include 21% Belgian VAT.
In case of doubt, please email us at email@example.com and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.
Here's an interesting read on Art Market predictions for the new year!
Looking to hunker down with a good book ? This is what we've been reading this summer.
"Collection Care" by Brent Powell provides a solid overview of basic artwork care procedures and policies.
The book begins with an introduction to collection care, including an important chapter on training and personal safety. Subsequent sections cover the principles of handling and caring for two- and three-dimensional artefacts, emphasising the importance of proper risk assessment and informed decision-making. The final two chapters discuss internal and external environmental factors relevant to collection care, including storage, condition reporting, crating, and transport. One key contribution of this book is its many photos, which provide a visual reference for handling techniques and apparatuses. Such a generously illustrated reference work is rare and extremely useful. The volume concludes with an extensive 'References and Resources' section, which guides readers to more detailed information on all the topics covered in the book.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 27, 2015)
available on amazon
Have you considered shipping your art with your national mail service? Postal services have increasingly concentrated their efforts on parcel deliveries. Why not use their vast networks to ship your art?
We have compared courier service rates with postal service rates for parcels. Postal service by far beats courier delivery companies when it comes to attractive pricing. When it comes to service, you'll find that courier service offers a faster service. It comes at a cost. TNT proves to be the most competitive in terms of pricing, followed by UPS and Fedex. It doesn't allow for insuring art though, while UPS and Fedex do offer that as an additional service.
When your deadline is not too tight, you can get your work to its destination, at a fraction of the cost by taking it to your local post office. Have access to all post's benefits and get better rates when you open a professional account. Check with your local post office!
Moebelspediteur is the leading magazine on transportation in the German region. In their latest issue (June 2019) they have featured a full page article on Museumpak. The latest issue can be downloaded through the website of Moebelspediteur. Thank you for this great article!
We’re introducing Free Shipping to Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Small and Medium Box price includes delivery to your address.
We've also just added phenomenal new rates for delivery to Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal & Ireland. Check them out before they’re gone! Starting as low as 20€. Bringing your total shipping bill to a historical low.
Brendan is an art handler. He will show you in a few clear steps how to safely pack work using a Museumpak art shipping box. Be sure to check it out — makes your packing life so much easier!
"This handbook is intended to be a reference for anyone involved in the packing and shipping of painting"
Packing your art for shipping can be a daunting experience. If you care about the art you’re shipping, or if you just want to learn the do’s and don’ts of packing and transporting, then keep on reading. We’ve recently come across a copy of Art in Transit, a classic but long forgotten manual that will help you deal with some of the challenges of preparing your art for transport. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to packing and shipping art, have lots of experience or — like us — care about doing things right. This extensive manual will be an ideal companion and give answers to most, if not all of your questions.
Art in Transit was written by museum experts and will tell you exactly what materials to use and what to avoid when packing different types of art like paintings or framed work. It will also speak to you in detail about evaluating fitness for travel if you work with fragile materials and dealing with environmental conditions. The differences between traveling by truck, train, airplane or ship help to clarify all of the works most important sensitivities and how to deal with them.
This book by far is the most complete in it’s genre and was published by the National Gallery of Art Washington in 1991. Originally written for galleries of art and museums, it brings together invaluable experiences of conservators, packers, and shippers of painting. Unfortunately the original publication is expensive and only a few copies are available on the market. Museumpak has come accross a digital copy that you can download for free at the following link.