Forwarding & Customs services
Secure, specialist transport
Your valuable artworks are transported in climate-controlled trucks with air suspension, specifically designed for the transport of fine art. You can monitor their progress at all times via a track and trace system. Moreover, your collection will be secured during transport via an advanced system linked to an external control room.
Worldwide Transport & Customs Facilities
The Katoen Natie Business Unit Art transports works of art all over the world.
Depending on the type of object, the available timescale and your budget, you can opt for sea freight, air freight, road transport or a combination thereof. Packaging is adapted to the type of transport and the requirements in the country of destination.
Our customs department will provide support with any mode of transport. They will also deal with any import and export queries, anywhere in the world. They will be happy to help.
Inventory & Condition reporting
Our bespoke WMS (Warehouse Management System) guarantees that your items are 100% traceable and easy to locate. Each item is registered in the system with a QR code and its exact location in the warehouse.
We also record the history of each item:
- How often has your item been stored in our warehouse?
- Previous condition reports
- Customs documentation
- Dimensions and weight.
Obviously, we are happy to share this information with you to ensure that you have an insight into your collection at all times.
Our accredited restorers can also provide condition reports of your items, to enable you to verify their condition (e.g. following removal or transport). Our condition reports can be brief, e.g. with a few superficial photographs, or extremely detailed with an in-depth review of the item and its history.
Art Handling & Exhibition construction
Art handling and exhibition construction
Are you looking for logistics support for a complex project? The Katoen Natie Business Unit Art supports and coordinates international exhibitions and loans from start to finish. We plan the necessary transport and handle customs clearance. We then assist our art handlers with the exhibition construction or removal of your collection. Our art handlers receive specific training in how to package, move and install your artworks, ranging from large to small items, stone to textile, in a museum or at your own premises.
Is your work of art facing a long journey, involving different types of transport? If so, it can be accompanied to its final destination by a courier, in accordance with your specific instructions. Upon arrival we will prepare a condition report to verify the state of the item.
In order to provide maximum protection for your works of art, Katoen Natie will provide packaging tailored to the specifications of the item in question. This ranges from soft packaging materials to reusable and bespoke crates. Packaging can be traced if necessary via a track and trace system.
Your valuable works of art are transported in climate-controlled trucks with air suspension, specifically designed for the transport of fine art. You can monitor their progress at all times via a track and trace system. Moreover, your collection will be secured during transport via an advanced system linked to an external control room.
Quarantining & Disinfection
Each item is carefully examined upon arrival, because vermin represents an insidious threat to valuable collections. That is why the Katoen Natie Business Unit Art avoids any kind of risk. If in doubt, an item will be quarantined and monitored for a specific period of time. If the item is contaminated, Katoen Natie has the necessary expertise to provide appropriate treatment in our ICM® (Integrated Contamination Management) room.
ICM is a technique to eliminate pests and mold by heating the material to maximum 52°C in controlled humidity. The treatment is 100% effective as it kills not only insects, but also eggs and larvae. Overall the treatment takes barely 24 hours, is suitable for most materials and ecologically sound.
Once the objects have been inspected and approved, we continue to closely monitor the collections in our warehouses. Our partner conducts frequent inspections to detect any kind of flying or crawling insects or rodents. Furthermore, all our warehousing areas are equipped with traps specifically suited to the materials that are stored there. Paintings, for example, require a different approach than carpets.
Finally, all our warehouses are kept dust free. We remove the dust from any item that enters a warehouse and dry clean our warehousing areas on a weekly basis.
Evacuating your collection
An emergency in your exhibition rooms or at your private home? Our art handlers and curators will immediately be on hand to evacuate your collection to an emergency warehouse. If necessary, our expert partner will treat or restore the collection.