Airport supervision

Thanks to our expertise and our mastery of air transport, we provide a service of assistance and physical supervision of the stages, both at the departure at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport, and from the taking in charge of the shipped art works by the airline to loading in the plane.
The same applies to the arrival, from the time the plane lands to the loading of the trucks.
Our teams of coordinators in collaboration with our supervisors will keep you rigorously informed in real time of the proper progress of the operations.

Prise en charge sécurisée lors d'envoi aérien d'œuvres d'art par Bovis Fine Art
Préparation des œuvres d'art avant transport par Bovis Fine Art

Preparation, handling and storage of works

The most important risks are those of material damage, which is often irreversible. The work may be damaged during transport itself or during handling, particularly during loading or unloading.
It is therefore strongly recommended that you use a company that specialises in handling and transporting art works, in order to minimise the risk of damage.
Our packers and handlers are experienced and regularly trained in the techniques of packing, handling, lifting and transporting fragile and valuable objects, in order to prevent any risk inherent in transport.

Transport aérien d'œuvres d'art par Bovis Fine Art

Airport supervision

In order to ensure that the works are transported safely at every stage of their journey, we provide airport supervision (unless the client does not wish it, of course), on both departure and arrival.

This service consists in providing an airport supervisor from the unloading of the truck until the departure of the plane. The role of the supervisor is to ensure that the following operations are carried out according to the rules of the art in terms of preventive conservation:

  • Handling of the crates by the airline’s teams
  • Loading, stowing and covering of crates on the pallet
  • Storage of the pallets before the departure of the aircraft
  • Transfer from warehouse to aircraft on the tarmac
  • Loading on board the aircraft.

Once the crates are on board the aircraft, the supervisor waits for the flight to take off to ensure that the crates have not been unloaded, and then writes a mission report which is sent to the coordinator and – if necessary – to the destination correspondent.

For shipments outside the European Union, the supervisor also ensures that the customs formalities are properly completed.

The supervisor controls the correct performance of the operations in the reverse order, i.e.:  unloading of the aircraft, transfer on the tarmac of the aircraft to the airline’s warehouse, depalletising and loading in the truck.
Supervision is carried out at the departure and arrival of each flight. For operations at Roissy CDG or Orly.

These services are provided by supervisors with 15 to 20 years of experience in the field.

For operations abroad, we entrust the performance of these services to specialist “art works” correspondents with whom we are used to working.

Note that:

Our supervisors are in constant contact with the airlines to ensure the exact time of arrival of flights (especially In the event of flight advance, which happens regularly).
They are usually present 1 hour before the flight’s scheduled arrival in order to anticipate all operations with the airline (and customs services if necessary), especially in the event of the flight arriving before the scheduled time.
Of course, all our supervisors are equipped with mobile phones in order to be reachable or to be able to contact the coordinator at any time.

Transport d'œuvres d'art par avion par Bovis Fine Art

Our “aviation security” accreditations

We have AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) approval: specific to the Bovis SIRET number with 2 declared sites/locations in the Paris region: Saint-Witz and Bondoufle.

To simplify and secure your international trade, Customs offer you the possibility of becoming an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). Having AEO status means that, at the end of a customs-company project, you obtain a trusted European customs label, recognised internationally. It means benefiting from facilities in terms of customs procedures or customs controls related to security and safety, provided that the required criteria are met. Finally, it means gaining a significant commercial and competitive advantage.

This approval is a guarantee of confidence for the customs services to whom we ensure the security of the works throughout the logistical circuit including the passage through our warehouses.

Prise en charge des formalités de sécurisation de fret pour le transport d'œuvres d'art par Bovis Fine Art

Air security: our “known shipper” approval.

Reminder of the legislation: No goods can travel by air freight without being secured first.
A “known shipper” is a company or organisation that has been approved by the government to secure an air freight shipment prior to its delivery to a freight agent.
Since 24 September 2020, BOVIS, whose site is based at 1 rue des Bordes, 91070 BONDOUFLE, is approved as a “Known Shipper” by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, through the DGAC-DSAC.

Control audits by the DGAC (Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile) are carried out several times a year.

Security can be provided at the time of packing or at the airport (X-ray, dog team or vacuum). Security at the airport is not to be preferred for several reasons: lenders do not always agree (alteration of the works by X-rays), it is very costly, and it implies much earlier deliveries to the airport.

This approval allows us to secure the crates (for shipping) at the time of packing, through our approved agents. Providing airlines with secure crates saves time in the logistics chain and guarantees the safety of the art works from the time they are packed until they are shipped by air.