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June 10, 2019 9:30 AM, EDT

Masterpiece to Use Turtle Crates for Art Shipments

Turtle Two men use a Turtle crate to pack a piece of artwork. (Turtle)

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Masterpiece International will exclusively distribute Turtle crates in the United States, Canada and Mexico through Turtle North America, the company said.

The Turtle crate is a sustainable, durable and reusable substitute for traditional wooden crates used to provide maximum protection for artwork during transport, according to Masterpiece.

Turtle and Masterpiece will begin rolling out Turtle crates immediately, according to Masterpiece, which is based in New York City.

The Turtle crate is used by museums around the world for safe and sustainable transport of their most precious and valuable artworks, according to a Masterpiece news release.

The patented crates provide protection against variations in relative humidity and temperature, and feature customized technology with absorption of shock and vibration. A single crate can be used for various sizes of work; either a larger singular or several smaller works can be transported at the same time, according to Masterpiece. The Turtle’s interior layout is adjustable due to the unique corner support system.

Founded in 1989, Masterpiece International is a logistics provider to the fine arts community, offering customs brokerage and a suite of international logistics services for a wide range of industries. The company has more than 260 professionals in 17 locations across the United States, and has access to every major U.S. port and airport.

Masterpiece is a wholly owned subsidiary of Magnate Worldwide, a Chicago-based investment company. Transport Topics