Posted on: 8 April 2015
When you need to have a large piece of delicate artwork transported from one side of the country to the other side of the country, it is important to make sure that you hire a professional to handle the shipping process for you. If you attempted to do the move on your own, there is a good chance that you would need to rent a large flatbed truck to move it and could end up causing extensive damage to it. The following guide will walk you through what is and is not the responsibility of the shipping company that handles your art shipment.
Crating the Pieces
The pieces will need to be crated to protect them from being damaged by the elements or items flying off of the road. It is the responsibility of the transporter to create the crates that the artwork goes into for the transport. It is your responsibility to pay for the supplies he or she needs to do the job though. The transporter will be responsible for keeping the items from being damaged and that is why they create the crates in the way they think would best protect the pieces. The crates can be secured to the flatbed shipping truck so that they can be safe during the move.
It is the transporters responsibility to pay for the gas expenses associated with the transport. The company will give you a specific cost for the load and that cost will include the fees that the driver is paid, as well as the gas fees. The driver will be picking their own route so depending upon which way they choose to go, they could spend more or less in gas and thus it is their responsibility to assess and pay for the charges out of their own pocket.
Damages and Repairs
If the pieces are damaged during the transportation process, the driver is responsible for paying for the repair costs associated with the pieces. It is important to take detailed pictures of the items before they are shipped so that you can prove the condition of the pieces before they were placed in the crates. If you are shipping the items to a buyer, be sure that it is covered in your contract with the shipping company that any and all damage will be covered by them so that you do not have to worry about paying for the damages out of the money you received from the customer.
It is important to establish a timeline for how long you assess it will take to have the delivery made. Let the driver know that you want the item at its destination by a specific day and then establish what the penalty will be for tardiness. It is best to establish a certain amount of money for each day the driver is late with the delivery to ensure that they get the pieces to their destination as soon as possible.Share