The first thing you should be concerned about when shipping bronze sculptures is insurance. It’s highly important to get full coverage for such a valuable item because many things can happen during transit. Depending on the size and weight of the sculpture, you need to calculate the shipping cost, VAT, and customs that you will be paying.
Here, the way the sculpture is packed plays a big role. Without proper packing, you might be receiving a broken sculpture with your money down the drain. Wherever you plan to ship the sculpture, there are a few customs regulations that need to be followed. For example, any personal item that is being shipped to China and costs more than CNY 1,000 can be returned by the authorities, any crate that boards a ship to the UK needs to be fumigated and in KSA, a Clean Report of Findings is required from the origin country before anything above USD 100 is shipped.
Once you have found out the customs regulations of the country you are shipping your bronze sculpture to, you can start packing. Following are the tools you will need and the steps you need to follow for packing your bronze sculpture:
- Sturdy cardboard box
- Bubble wrap (small and big sheet)
- Custom wooden crate
- Shredded paper
- Packing tape
If the sculpture has any sharp corners or protruding edges, cover them with cotton. Create a nice thick padding and wrap it at least 4 times around the protruding part. Attach cardboard corners to prevent the sculpture’s edges from chipping.
Cut the thin bubble wrap and wrap it around the sculpture twice. Seal the bubble wrap with packing tape but make sure it does not come in contact with the sculpture. Wrap the sculpture vertically, again overlapping the previous layer to cover the bottom and top surface.
Take the big bubble wrap sheet and cover the sculpture entirely. Secure all around with packing tape. Avoid tapping too much or you might have difficulty when unpacking.
If the sculpture weighs less than 5 lbs, then you can pack it in a cardboard box. If not, you need to get a custom wooden crate. Let’s assume that the sculpture weighs less than 5 lbs. Following are the instruction on how to pack the sculpture in a cardboard box:
· Step #5
Make sure the cardboard box has 2 inches of free space on all sides, one the sculpture is placed inside it. Double tape the bottom of the cardboard box just to make sure that the flaps do not open accidentally.
· Step #6
Lay down a layer of shredded and wadded paper. Place the sculpture inside the box and fill any space with more wadded paper. Shake the box so that the sculpture situates itself fully in between the wadded paper.
· Step #7
Close the lid and shake the box to see if you feel any movement. If you think that the sculpture still needs extra padding, then add more shredded paper.
· Step #8
Before tapping the flaps, drop a few packets of drying agent (calcium chloride) into the cardboard box. Any water that might come into contact with the sculpture will be immediately absorbed by the drying agent.
· Step #9
Close the flaps and secure them with packing tape. For added safety, shrink wrap the package.
· Step #10
Print “THIS SIDE UP” and “FRAGILE” on a paper in bold letters and attach it to the box
These 10 steps will help you pack your bronze sculpture easily for its safe arrival at the destination. In the case you are using a wooden crate, follow the same instruction but use packing peanuts instead of shredded paper.