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Designed for your high-value items, including artwork, antiques, jewelry and firearms.



When shipping irreplaceable items, like artwork, antiques and jewelry, you need the best handling and security from a trusted, reputable provider. That’s why Delta Cargo offers Variation Safe, a transportation service designed to protect your high-value items and firearms during transit.

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High-value items, also known as Articles of Extraordinary Value, are shipments having a declared value of $25,000 or more. To protect prized possessions, Delta Cargo offers:

  • Closed-circuit security cameras
  • Vaults and locked cages
  • Additional insurance coverage

Delta Cargo's extra security measures will ensure the safe and timely delivery of your valuables. To learn more or to book your high-value shipment, please call Delta Cargo at 1-800-DL-CARGO (1-800-352-2746). All high-value shipments are required to be pre-booked.

Additional Information

What you need to know
  • Items Considered Articles of Extraordinary Value

    • Articles of antiquity having a value of $25,000 or more
    • Art works with declared value of more than $25,000 per shipment
    • Bill of Exchange
    • Bonds
    • Bullion
    • Currency/credit cards
    • Deeds
    • Dore bullion
    • Evidence of Debt
    • Fur clothing and fur-trimmed clothing
    • Gems, cut or uncut
    • Gold bullion, coined, uncoined, cyanides, dust or sulfides
    • Jewelry (other than costume jewelry)
    • Money
    • Pearls
    • Platinum
    • Precious metals
    • Promissory notes
    • Securities, negotiable
    • Silver bullion, coined/uncoined concentrates, cyanides, precipitates or sulfides
    • Stock certificates
  • Restrictions

    • Some high-value and firearm shipments require special arrangements to be made in advance.
    • No consignment having a declared value in excess of $25,000 USD will be accepted for carriage unless a special arrangement has been made in advance between the shipper and Delta Cargo.
    • Additional fees may be incurred and added if the consignee fails to pick up the shipment within 240 minutes (4 hours) of notification of arrival (not including Customs clearance) or does not desire to pick up the shipment. An armored vehicle will be hired to deliver the shipment, and the charges will be added to the air waybill.
  • Drop Off/Pick Up

    • Tender your shipment to the local cargo facility for shipping and pick it up at the local cargo facility at the destination.
    • Domestic:
      • Shipments must be accepted and processed at the local cargo facility by the cutoff time of 120 minutes prior to scheduled flight departure. We recommend arriving at least 60 minutes before this cutoff time to ensure all inspections and acceptance procedures are completed.
    • International:
      • Shipments must be accepted and processed at the local cargo facility by the cutoff time of 240 minutes prior to scheduled flight departure. We recommend arriving at least 120 minutes before this cutoff time to ensure all inspections and acceptance procedures are completed.
  • Documentation

    • Each piece of the shipment must be legibly and durably marked with the name and address of the shipper and consignee. Old labels and markings must be completely removed.
    • The shipper is responsible for securing any required documentation from the destination country. Customers are encouraged to contact the consulate and/or embassy for information regarding documentation requirements.
  • Regulations

    • All Article of Extraordinary Value and firearms shipments will follow IATA Rules for shipping.
    • Firearms shipped as high-value shipments are subject to both the procedures used for high-value shipments and the requirements specified for firearms shipments.
    • Firearms may be shipped between licensed dealers, manufacturers or importers.
    • No firearms may be exported or imported without an export or import license issued by the local government authority.
    • Firearms and ammunition imported/exported into or through the United States are subject to the restrictions and permits approved by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Washington, DC.
  • Shipping Tips

    • Ensure that the shipment is properly packaged.
    • Ensure that the shipping documents are complete.
  • Packaging

    • Articles of Extraordinary Value must be packed in sealed outside containers with a measurement of 1728 cubic inches (1 cubic foot) or more and be of sufficient strength to have a minimum top-loading capability of 75 pounds per cubic foot.
    • Art works should be packaged in a strong wooden box or crate with sufficient interior bracing and cushioning to provide full protection of the contents. Paintings should be protected with no less than ¼ inch tempered hardboard or equivalent material covering both the front and the back of the painting.
    • Money in coin form must be packed in wooden or metal boxes sealed by soldering or by use of metal wire seals. Shipments of paper currency or other negotiable paper must be packed in cartons, boxes or heavy canvas sacks approved by Delta Cargo and sealed with a wax seal over a string or metal wire seal.
    • "Seal" is defined as a shipper- or carrier-provided fastening device identifiable by letters, numbers, or a combination thereof, and affixed to the closure(s) of the container or unit of packaging. The device, upon opening of the closure, will evidence such opening.
    • Firearms, including handguns, must be packed in the manufacturer's original container, a strong wooden or metal container or a hard-sided gun case that has been securely fastened by banding, strapping or locking. Shipping loaded firearms is prohibited.