The safe, innovative, and sustainable museum crate is now available in the U.S., Canada and Mexico

June 5, 2019 (New York, New York) – Masterpiece International (“Masterpiece”) is pleased to announce that it will offer a new product line as the exclusive distributor of Turtle crates in the United States, Canada and Mexico, through Turtle North America (“Turtle N.A.”). The Turtle crate is a sustainable, durable and reusable substitute for traditional wooden crates used to provide maximum protection for artwork during transport. Turtle N.A. and Masterpiece will begin rolling out Turtles immediately, with plans to scale the operation over the coming years.

The Turtle crate, created by Hizkia Van Kralingen, is used by leading museums in Europe and around the world for the safe and sustainable transport of their most precious and valuable artworks. “We are very excited about the opportunity to make the Turtle available for lease to the North American market,” said John O’Halloran, Masterpiece’s President of Fine Arts and Security Group. “Demand for bespoke crating will always be a part of our industry; however, we see this as a sustainable, efficient way to transport the standard size artworks that exist today. Turtle North America has stocked a starting inventory which is now available.”

The patented crates provide protection against variations in relative humidity and temperature, and feature customized technology with unsurpassed 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. The Turtle’s interior layout is adjustable due to the unique corner support system.

“The Turtle is a product line extension that will add value to customers that want a reusable crating solution,” said Thomas Gilgen, President of Masterpiece International, “The investment was made because we believe it will lead an industry shift that benefits all parties”.

Turtle crates will be available for lease through Turtle North America and Masterpiece International. Turtle North America has a limited starting inventory of crates available immediately by reservation only, with additional crates available soon. Please reach out Turtle North America at or Masterpiece International at for more information.

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Masterpiece International provides customs brokerage and international logistics services through offices located in major international shipping hubs throughout the U.S. Masterpiece was founded in 1989 and over the last 25+ years has leveraged its unique expertise with highly complex air, ocean, and ground shipments to develop a full-suite of international logistics services for a broad range of industries, providing each customer with the same level of service that it continues to provide to its fine arts customers. For more information, please visit

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