Fine art transport for Biennale di Venezia .. round trip by Asian Logistics

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The Chinese Pavilion: the show is over, the artworks are sailing back home

The 59th International Art Exhibition ran from 23 April to 27 November 2022.

As being the nominated the freight forwarder in charge for the logistics of the artworks destined to the Chinese Pavilion, we coordinated the local operations, from the containers arrival in Italy to the artworks delivery at the Chinese Pavilion in Venice.

In December, at the end of the pavilion dismantling operations, we carried out the repatriation of the artworks back to China.

The several sculptures and paintings have been suitably fixed and packed inside sturdy wooden crates, to allow a safe transportation.

The crates were transferred using the pontoons from the Arsenale quay, just outside the Chinese Pavilion, to the Tronchetto quay in Venice.

The packages were unloaded at Tronchetto quay and then brought by truck to our logistic warehouse in Marghera.

Close to the ship’s departure, we arranged the containers stuffing, including one open top container out of gauge.

Customs clearance

When the containers arrived in Italy from China, the customs clearance of the artworks took place under the temporary admission regime, with customs duties deposited (VAT is 10% for works of art).

“The temporary admission system permits the temporary importation of non-EU goods, for various uses, with total or partial exemption from customs duties (duty and VAT) and without the application of commercial policy measures. Goods under temporary admission must be re-exported without having undergone any changes apart from the normal depreciation due to use.

Upon temporary admission, a guarantee must be provided for customs duties relating to the temporary imported goods.” (

Once received the loading confirmation from the carrier, the temporary admission regime was closed and the customs duties deposited were released (refundment of the customs duties deposit).


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