New figures which reveal a record high in the export of art last year are an indicator of international faith in the UK market. That’s the view from the experts at Global Freight, which has carved a niche in the shipping of sculpture and fragile works of art.
The study, by Thomson Reuters legal business, said there was 7.6 per cent increase in UK arts exports last year, reaching £11.3 billion.
Nicole Howarth, managing director of award winning Telford firm Global Freight, said the report mirrored the company’s own experience during the last 12 to 18 months.
Global Freight is renowned for its skill in transporting fragile goods and works of art, with few companies offering a dedicated service to the sector.
The company has earned a reputation among art dealers and collectors, for its professionalism and reliability. Previous exports have included transporting a life-size horse and base to Vittoria Racing Club, in Melbourne, Australia, and a sculpture from Oswestry to the door of a private collector in Texas, USA.
Nicole said: “The new figures are good news all round for artists, dealers and exporters like us. The market in art export has been very buoyant over the past few years, and London in particular remains a key market with buyers from overseas.
“The study supports our own experience that art is a thriving export sector. As we have carved out a niche for ourselves in this area, we’re finding Global Freight is the forwarder of choice for luxury furniture companies, interior designers, and of course, artists.
“Our experience in shipping fragile and expensive goods, together with our knowledge of export rules in everywhere from Australia to the Far East, Europe and the USA, means that we can provide an unrivalled offer to our customers.”
Global Freight has used its vast knowledge of overseas shipping to launch a new personal effects removal arm, offering a bespoke service for people who are moving into or out of the UK.
Nicole, who was named as one of the top three female directors in the UK logistics industry and featured in the Who’s Who of Britain’s Business Elite, said the firm’s experience with transporting precious works of art offered an extra dimension to its personal effects removal.
“Many people will have artwork, sculptures or large pieces of furniture that may require specialist handling during packing and shipment. Our experience in this sector means that our customers know they are in the best hands.”