PBB entrusted with handling the shipment of the first ever National Gallery of Canada exhibit in China

by Canadian Shipper

PBB Global Logistics is being entrusted with looking after the shipment of some of Canada’s most valuable works of art, as the National Gallery of Canada exhibits paintings on a four-month tour of museums in China.

The exhibit, Terre Sauvage: The Canadian Landscape and the Group of Seven, features 73 oil paintings and Canadian landscape paintings by the famed Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. Secure and very specialized handling is required during the shipping process.

Special climatic conditions, crating, handling and RCMP security measures are required for the paintings while in transit. PBB officials will be on hand throughout the shipment to coordinate transfers, as well as to ensure Gallery escorts have full visual contact with the paintings during transfer stages. The paintings will be shipped on two separate aircraft and will remain crated for several hours after arriving in Beijing to become acclimatized to local conditions.

"To be given responsibility for the careful shipment from Canada to Beijing of these important works is a credit to PBB’s expertise and reputation as a Canadian-based logistics provider capable of managing challenging and unique shipments," says Mike Scott, President & CEO, PBB Global Logistics.

PBB is involved in other ways as well. The company is a sponsoring patron of the exhibit, and PBB Travel is responsible for planning and managing the travel arrangements of the Gallery escorts accompanying the works of art.

The touring exhibition, which will travel to four Chinese venues from April 19 to September 23, 2001, is a first for the Gallery and Canada.

The timing of the tour is rather opportune. PBB’s China Trade Mission 2001 is visiting China at the time the exhibition begins. The delegates in the Trade Mission will meet up with the exhibition on April 19th in Beijing.

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