History

Masterpiece International Ltd. was founded by David Epstein and David Cohen in New York in August, 1989, as a U.S. Customs Broker, International Freighter Forwarder and logistics provider specializing in the movement of works of art and antiquities. Our mission is, and always has been, to provide our clients with the best possible service to move their art work at a fair cost. Over the past 22 years we have expanded to 16 offices in the U.S. with a staff of over 200 employees, and have separate divisions that specialize in providing top level services to museums, galleries, art fair participants, auction houses and private clients.

Offices

In addition to our headquarters in Manhattan we have offices in every U.S. city with a major international airport, as well as a few smaller port cities. We are located in Boston, Newport, JFK Airport, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Gulf Port, MS. All offices are fully owned and operated as part of the Masterpiece Corporation and each office has a licensed U.S. Customs Broker on staff and direct relationships with local U.S. Customs Inspectors at every major port.

Specialized Services

Masterpiece seeks to hire the best possible staff whose backgrounds are diverse, with conversational familiarity with many languages. We have staff fluent in every major language in the world which allows us to provide a full range of services in the international marketplace with assurances that we can properly communicate with all our international agents and clients, even if they are not fluent in English.

As a licensed U.S. Customs broker and approved international freight forwarder, Masterpiece provides Customs brokerage and international and domestic air and ocean freight forwarding services to our clients. This includes in-house consultation and coordination of shipments requiring specialized expertise with other US regulatory agencies such as US Fish and Wildlife Service (for shipments that contain endangered species or animal products), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (for shipments containing objects whose country of origin is under current embargo with the U.S. or where cultural property restrictions are in place), Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF – for those works that contain such products), among others. We also operate and maintain a TSA Security Program which includes National TSA Security Coordinators on each coast, and worked closely with the TSA during the preliminary phases of the Certified Cargo Screening Program to facilitate the early approval of museums, galleries and fine art warehouses into the program.

Our core business is to coordinate and arrange collection and packing of art for single or group shipments to and from domestic and international clients. Through our wide network of subcontractors we can provide all aspects of domestic and international transport, including local and long haul trucking, packing, installation and de-installation of works of art, transit and on-site insurance and security. We have permission at most U.S. airports to take our own vehicles plane side for supervision of transfers of arriving and departing shipments between planes and cargo terminals, and in some ocean ports can arrange for staff to oversee loading and unloading of containers and ocean vessels.

Masterpiece has a major client list of galleries, art dealers, and private collectors throughout the U.S. and the world. In addition, we now have a growing entertainment division that specializes in the transport of TV and film production equipment, orchestras and music concerts.

Additionally, we have a general freight division that includes specialized transport services for such commodities as yachts, automobiles, oil, food, and in-bond transits to name just a few.

Finally, if you need to arrange an import or export ocean shipment, our Multimodal division can provide all services related to this mode of shipping.

Please visit our website for additional information as well as contacts in each of our offices.

What We Do:

  • International Forwarding
  • Licensed Customs Brokerages in all offices
  • Packing and Crating
  • Installation and De-installation
  • Storage
  • Domestic Air Forwarding and long haul or local trucking
  • Insurance
  • Courier ticketing and services
  • Consultation and coordination of exhibitions or special moves
  • Expedited import and export services at air and sea ports
  • Full supervision services at airports
  • Security escorts
  • TSA consultation for vendors and clients
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