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Truck Transport

Rules of Thumb
  • Fragile objects are best protected in an art handling truck. However, tariffs can be high and their trip frequency tends to be less than freight trucks.
  • Any shipment traveling by freight truck must be crated.
  • Delivery requirements may often dictate which mode is best.

There are two methods of truck-transportation:

Art Handling Truck

A dedicated art handling truck, which tends to have air-ride suspension and is frequently climate-controlled, has a crew of two drivers and does not pass the freight from one truck to another, rather it takes the shipment directly to its destination.

Freight Truck

The other is a freight truck, which tends to be a less gentle ride and will likely pass the freight on to a number of trucks before the final destination is reached. Freight trucks are designed to deliver from warehouse to warehouse, so if residential delivery is required, a powered lift-gate is required as shipments traveling by this method need to be crated.

An important consideration when choosing between the two is that art handling trucks tend to be able to perform full unpacking and installation services upon delivery. This is usually not the case with freight trucks, in which case delivery to a local art handler for final delivery may be required. Similarly, unless the object(s) are already crated, collecting a shipment to commence a long distance delivery would require an art handling truck.

Another point worth noting is that many long distance trucking lines use tractor-trailers with 65-foot trailers. If that size of truck can not negotiate your local streets, then passing the shipment on to a local delivery agent will be necessary.

Whether local or long distance, objects must be prepared and protected before being loaded.

Small delicate objects, such as glass or ceramics should be packed in a combination of tissue paper and bubble paper and then into a double-wall carton or crate. Many local transporters use reusable plastic crates which are fine as long as the objects are properly protected within.

For local journeys in an art-handling truck, furniture can be adequately protected with padded van-blankets. For longer trips, full export packing, with a layering of padded paper and card is recommended. Particular care should be taken with delicate legs. Marble or glass tops should be securely tied off on the side of the truck for local journeys and crated for any medium to long distance trip.

For any length trip in a freight truck, crating is necessary.

Tariffs via freight truck tend to be less than by art-handlers truck, particularly if a five or seven day transit time is specified. However, the extra expense of crating and the inability to perform complex delivery and installation services should be taken into account.

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