Stricter security regulations for air freight have been in effect for a number of years. Today, air freight cargo must always go through special controls at the airport (e.g. by X-ray or simulation chamber).
These controls can delay transport and possibly represent a risk for the work of art itself.
Has your museum or gallery directly registered itself as a "Known Consignor" with the German Federal Aviation Administration at www.lba.de.
If this is the case, you shouldn't have any problems in future sending your air freight shipments as "secured" without having to go through additional security controls. But what happens if you haven’t registered?
We, the DART ART Handling Spedition GmbH, are a Regulated Agent and have had a number of our art packaging specialists trained and certified as Aviation Security Controllers (ASCs). That enables us to professionally handle works of art while complying with the strict requirements of aviation security. As a result, we can offer you a number of different options for securing your cargo in advance to avoid additional security controls such as X-ray inspections and crate openings at the airport.
Thanks to the exemption provision (EC Regulation 185/2010 – a diverging procedure according to Number 6.2.2.b) regarding security controls of museum-owned works of art, we can have your cargo controlled by our aviation security controllers directly at your location to expedite inter-museum loans. The security controls encompass physical security checks and visual inspections.
However, this exemption provision only applies to paintings, drawings, collection objects, collages and sculptures. Unfortunately, photographs are not covered by the above provision and may not be declared as "secured" directly in a museum.
A prerequisite for utilizing the above process is that the aviation security controller must be able to clearly classify the works of art as "non-hazardous" by applying the above-specified security control measures.
We can also transport your cargo to one of our art security warehouses and have it controlled by one of our trained aviation security controllers.
As above, a prerequisite for utilizing the above process is that the aviation security controller must be able to clearly classify the work of art / object as "non-hazardous" by conducting a physical security check and a visual inspection. If this is the case, then your shipment can be loaded as “secured” onto every kind of passenger or freight aircraft.