Art Moving, Art Transport, Shipping & Handling

A single work of art being moved across town. Substantial collections travelling around the world. In either case, we offer reliable and efficient fine art moving, packing, storage and shipping, with the certainty of safe art delivery.

We work with private collectors, galleries, museums, interior designers, auction houses and dealers, moving and delivering artworks of every kind around the world and, in particular, between the UK, US and mainland Europe.  

Fine art moving expertise

Road Freight

We maintain our own fleet of fully equipped vehicles, customised specifically for the art transport by road throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. These are manned by security cleared driver/technicians, expertly trained art handlers and art installers.

Our road fleet

Our specialist art transportation vehicles have been designed and customised to protect and secure the most precious and delicate works.

We operate a variety of vehicles so as to be able to suit the specific needs of each assignment, and the fleet includes vehicles devoid of all branding for use where discretion is paramount.

Each vehicle has a fully lockable, insulated, windowless, rigid-sided freight compartment, which cannot be accessed from the driving cab, and is equipped with high security locks and alarms and mobile communications, as well as satellite tracking pinpointing its precise location in the UK, Europe and USA.

We can provide a variety of vehicle specifications including heavy-duty tail lifts, internal and external CCTV, air-ride suspension, full temperature control, barred and padded cargo areas, alarms, telemetrics, satellite tracking and additional seats for couriers.

On-board expertise

Each vehicle is manned by two or more uniformed technicians, who are qualified drivers and trained art handlers, who will undertake packing, unpacking and installation on site, as required.

Their training and expertise ensure Cadogan Tate’s ability to carry out expected procedures skilfully and efficiently, and to deal with unusual and unforeseen circumstances promptly and effectively.

Exacting standards

We are Department for Transport (DfT) Regulated Air Cargo Agents, and operate in line with UK Government Indemnity Conditions relating to the care of works of art as a matter of course, and not simply when required to do so on public sector museum projects.

Our staff are vetted and cleared with CRB, credit and 5 year background checks. 

Our regular city scheduled services

Part Load and dedicated art Collections and art Delivery.

Utilising our bespoke fleet of vehicles in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and the Cote d’Azur on a daily basis.

European art Collection & art Delivery

Incorporates our German and Benelux Groupage services; our weekly Swiss Truck servicing London, Paris, Basel, Zurich and Geneva; Our South of France Groupage loading every two weeks servicing London, Paris and Grasse.

We can also organise bespoke dedicated art transport, art delivery and art shipping services to and from all European destinations.

Weekly Around Britain Service

Loads every second Monday, servicing most major UK Cities.

US Interstate Routes

A series of selected US routes scheduled to service New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Miami and most other major cities. 

Meticulous packing and fine art handling

Air Freight

Over many years, we have developed an intricate and specialised knowledge of the complexities of air freight and airport security as they relate to the fine art shipping. 

We cultivate excellent working relationships with all airlines and local fine art handling organisations, ensuring the quick and safe passage of our consignments through airport cargo warehouses.

We have privileged airport security clearance, including full airside access if required. This enables us to supervise and witness your consignment being secured on pallets or in containers, and being loaded on and off the aircraft.

Unsurpassed security

Cadogan Tate is a Department for Transport (DfT) Approved Regulated Air Cargo Agent and US C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) approved. This ensures that our premises and procedures meet the very stringent aviation security regulations and permits our staff to carry out hand searches of delicate art works where x-ray examination is not possible.

We enjoy privileged airport security clearance, with full airside access to most international airports. 

Courier accompaniment

For hand-carry art shipments, or when accompaniment is required by client or insurer, we provide a complete air art courier service, meticulously arranging all flights, hotels, itineraries, and transfer to and from airports.

Our experienced airport representatives provide discreet assistance to make sure the works entrusted to the care of the couriers pass through Customs and immigration and onto the aircraft in a fast, secure and seamless manner.

Specialist Projects

Critical security clearances

Sea Freight

Sea freight offers an efficient and cost-effective fine art transport and fine art movers option for moving larger consignments, or when longer transit times are acceptable.

Sea-freight expertise

Our expert fine art sea-freight team advises clients on viable container options, depending on the size, weight and nature of the pieces to be transported.

For maximum security and protection, we recommend sole-use sea containers. These afford Cadogan Tate complete control over the loading and securing of the artwork at the point of origin, ensuring also that it is unloaded only at its final destination. Where required or requested, temperature controlled containers are available. 

We are able to provide full port supervision of consignments throughout their journey, where this is required.

Cadogan Tate maintains strong working relationships with leading international fine art shipping companies, enabling us to advise on the most cost-effective and time-efficient routing options to your destination. 

Our regular sea scheduled services

We provide scheduled Groupage and Full Container Services Worldwide, including our own dedicated inter-facility services to and from Europe and the USA.

No safer hands


When you entrust us with the fine art transport, we assess and plan every detail, liaising tirelessly with each stakeholder, carrier, local authority, national government department and other interested parties to ensure that everything happens as planned, and under our control.

The greater the pressure surrounding your fine art shipping, the more reason you have to call us.

Storage & Viewing

We offer comprehensive fine art storage and collection management facilities at all our locations. Our storage management provides expert fine art handlers, security and environmental management, fully integrated with our fine art shippers network. Flexible viewing areas are available at all our facilities, allowing cases to be opened and contents examined or displayed for photography, viewing and condition reporting.

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