Has anyone shipped prints to China?
I recently made a sale to a collector in China - three 40x60 sized c-prints and one b/w fiber 30x40. The few times I made an overseas sale I was with a gallery and they dealt with the logistics of safely getting the artwork to it's destination. Now, however, I'm in between galleries and having not finalized any agreements I made this sale as a free agent.
Must I hire an art moving business? I'm tempted to ship via fedex in a Sonotube with the prints wrapped in glassines. However, I'm concerned that the artwork will be removed in customs which will inevitably result in dinged and damaged prints. I could purchase shipping insurance for the sale amount but I'm sure that'll put the shipping price through the roof and it won't necessarily protect me from the hassles of having a customs' agent unrolling fragile prints. I've had insurance claims with fedex in the past and I have a hard time imagining convincing their agent that a dinged print amounts to a total loss.