transporting art

Even when you exclude long-distance travel, transporting art is a complex process that requires a true understanding of every step that precedes it. With the goal of shipping your valuable goods so that they arrive unharmed, you will have to properly prepare, and acquire the necessary materials. In addition, since you plan on transporting art when moving to Bahrain, you will have to see to it that your shipment follows the customs procedures in place. Now, let us see what all of these points actually mean.

The steps towards transporting art when moving to Bahrain

Before we delve into the details of this delicate process, let us say one important thing: you don’t have to do this all on your own. With the help of a professional shipping company, you will be able to avoid all the headaches that can follow this process, and enjoy your move to the fullest. If this scenario seems enticing to you, don’t hesitate to reach out to, for example, and learn more about their service.

Cargo ship in port

However, if you are still eager to tackle this challenge on your own, here is what you will need to pay attention to.

Making sure your goods will pass the custom controls

Like almost every country, Bahrain has a list of prohibited goods one cannot bring into this kingdom. It is as follows:

  • All types of narcotic drugs
  • Indian paan and derivatives
  • Used and reconditioned tires
  • Cultured pearls
  • Advertisement material for all types of cigarettes
  • Radio/ Remote controlled model aircrafts
  • Children’s toy guns capable of firing projectiles
  • Goods of Israeli origin or the ones bearing Israeli trademarks or logos
  • Printed publications, photographs, pictures, books, magazines sculptures, and mannequins which contradict Islamic teachings, decency, or immorality
  • Seditious or treasonable  material
  • Asbestos or items containing asbestos
  • Raw ivory, ivory articles, and rhinoceros horn
  • Live swine

As you can see, some of these points can refer to your goods. So, before you start transporting art when moving to Bahrain, make sure that those items can cross the border. Learning and understanding the rules and regulations of Bahrain is both the essential and the easiest way to handle the paperwork that is inevitable.

Preparing artwork for transportation

The utmost safety of the artwork is essential throughout this whole process. What this means is that you need to pay special attention to:

  • choosing a proper shipping container (glass or acrylic pieces may require a temperature-controlled facility)
  • using glassine paper to cover unframed artwork
  • protecting the acrylic or glass on framed artwork
  • wrapping your artwork and protecting the corners
  • filling empty space in the shipping container
  • using heavy-duty, high-quality packing tape to seal each container

Measure your artwork

The first thing you ought to do prior to anything else is to properly measure the width, length, and height of all your art pieces. This is the only way you can ensure the shipping tubes or boxes you choose are of adequate size. It will also help with determining the overall costs of the shipment. As the costs are highly dependant on the size and weight of your shipment, you would also want to weigh your items, so as to get the most accurate assessment.

Pick the adequate shipping container

Transporting art when moving to Bahrain means that there will be a long way between point A and point B. With this in mind, you want to select a proper shipping container that will provide your pieces with adequate safety and security. You want to find a container that is just big enough for all of your items. If unsure, always go for a bit bigger, just in case. This is also the time to figure out whether you will need some special containers or handling.

Unframed pieces that are larger than 48 by 48 inches, or ones that are framed and larger than 18 by 24, are best transported in wooden crates. Smaller pieces are usually fine in corrugated boxes that have double walls. This box will prevent virtually all movement while providing ample padding space. A good rule of thumb to follow is the more expensive the shipping container, the greater the protection they provide. If you find yourself struggling with your choice, do not restrain from asking your moving company for advice.

Protect acrylic or glass on framed artwork and use glassine paper to cover unframed artwork

One simple way to protect your glass prices is to tape several strips of artist tape onto your glass surfaces. Follow a star pattern when doing this (two X-like shapes that overlap in the center). This will give your glass pieces more resistance to breaking or cracking. It will also prevent the glass from destroying the art.

For canvas artwork, use glassine paper to cover it. The paper is acid-free and of archival quality. It will keep your belongings safe from any moisture or dust. Prior to rolling your paintings, make sure to place the canvas on top of two sheets of glassine paper. The sheets ought to be at least two inches bigger than the canvas, on all four sides. Place the artwork face up on the paper. If the artwork is based on fabric, such as linen or canvas, place it face down before rolling.

Fill empty space in the shipping container and seal it well

This is where the advice for a slightly bigger shipping container will become clearer for you. All of the empty spaces should be filled with some form of padding, so as to protect the art piece from the hard box edges. We suggest that you opt for bubble packs or blankets. And do not spare on the padding. That extra money you invest in it will pay itself back by protecting your belongings that are of high value.

Lastly, when transporting art when moving to Bahrain, you want to ensure your pieces do not leave the containers they are in. The best way to do this is with the help of heavy-duty packing tape. Simply put, when it comes to global shipping, no amount of protection is too much. So, we would advise you to purchase the highest quality tape that you can afford and see that it is at least two inches wide. The tape should also be sensitive to pressure. Ordinary duck tape is not fit for this process, as it is simply not sturdy enough. And, when it comes to art, you want to keep your peace of mind knowing that every element will do its job properly.

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod is an Editor of, who is passionate for app-based startup solutions and on-demand business ideas. He believes in spreading tech trends. He is an avid reader and loves thinking out of the box to promote new technologies.