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Exporting Art and Antiques from Argentina to the World

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Exporting Art and Antiques from Argentina to the World.


Art and Antiques, the ways to export ........


For more than 5 years now, Argentina has been a recognized paradise for collectors, dealers and auctioneers. The uniqueness of this paradise lays on the fact that it opened its doors to the world after the crack in 2001, when the Argentine Peso value dropped dramatically in the international market. Featuring a truly appealing quality and quantity of items within its market of all sorts of collectibles ranging from Toys to Tractors, from Modern Art to Classical sculpturing, Argentina has what it takes to become the IT place for art, antiques, collectibles, design and fashion.


It is not a novelty that these features are now well known around the globe, and that the flow of this particular kind of trade has grown geometrically in recent years.


However there are indeed novelties within the procedures in these exportations. Form a fairly simple and uncontrolled shipment during the first couple of years to the recent modifications in the norms and requirements, a lot of water has run under this bridge.

We want to state that it is neither impossible nor hard to do, but requires an in depth knowledge and contact network.

A container is not just a container, but what it carries within, and each container to be shipped off has a modus operandis to follow according to what the exportation is. Meaning: it is not the same to ship off a 20 feet container filled with antique furniture, than a container filled with artworks or a new fashionable clothing line, or even a classic car and an antique tractor have their own requirements and times.

For starters it is important to state that the process of exporting is not immediate, this means that there’s some time involved in working out an exportation shipment out of the country, ranging from 1 to 3 months or even more…

From helping you buy each and every single of the items that will be inside the container to packing it and working out the paperwork, we do it all as well as oversee each and every single step of the exportation.


Once the items are bought, bare in mind it is important to get invoices from each shop you purchase at. Your purchases from each of the shop will be picked up and stored in a special warehouse because the total shipment has to be insured in order to cover the possibility of casualties. Once stored, each of the items has to be inventoried with photographs and descriptions. This is required by Argentine customs as well as by the shipping company.


Antiques, collectibles and art, depending the kind usually undergo a special treatment since the Government’s Cultural office demands that each of these items leaving the country has a permit stating that these are not stolen or protected pieces. This has to be carefully taken care of, because without the paperwork they will not allow the item to leave the country.


Being that this business is new to Argentina in the broadness of its flow, regulations as well as paperwork and requirements might change and increase, the way they have in the last couple of months and years, until final requirements are set for good. That’s why it is so important to work with reputable firms who are constantly up-to-date in the ins and outs of these matters.

Once the items are approved, then they must be properly packed and handled. The packing has to be government approved, or else it won’t be admitted by the recipient country –US, Europe, etc, have very strong regulations regarding the receiving of packets from abroad that are not health approved.

At this point, the boxes that will be filled into the containers must be sent to the Buenos Aires port for shipment, and Customs’ approval. Once fitted into the container, there’s a time gap until it finally is set in the ship, and that the ship sales off to the receiving port. Depending on the location the frequency of the shipping can be of twice a week to every day to once every two weeks…


Exporting Art and Antiques from Argentina
The ways to Export

NOTE: In  October 2006, new regulations regarding exportation licenses were issued by the Argentine government, narrowing the number of licensed exporters allowed to work with overseas shipments. Be sure that you contact a reputable firm to handle your container. For further information, details and referrals, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.


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For more information on how to export Art and antiques or if you are interested in buying Art or Antiques, and you are thinking of travelling to Argentina please feel free to email us…….. Please feel free to contact Flor Rodriquez by emailing her: Email: Flor Rodriguez. or Bob Frassinetti: For more information: Email: Bob Frassinetti.  Phone me thru Skype, ID: Bob Frassinetti or you can also chat with me thru Yahoo, press here:

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San Telmo. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Topic: Antiques

San Telmo the historical quarter


Its unique and artistic bohemian feel makes of San Telmo a must for travelers, tourists as well as for locals. From Parque Lezama to Plaza de Mayo along Defensa St, the journey is amazing. Passing along cafes, restaurants, historical houses, antique shops and fashionable courts any day of the week, avoiding Sundays if you’re not a fan of crowds, there’s no waste to a delightful outing.

The story of San Telmo goes back to the early days of the Nation, when the now bo-bo neighborhood was the sophisticated upper class residential area for the wealthy families of Buenos Aires. However, by 1871, San Telmo’s features would change dramatically because of an epidemic of Yellow Feber, forcing the majority of the families to relocate in what today still is the Society’s undeniable neighborhood: Recoleta. San Telmo then became a less coveted neighborhood, hence the transformation of old mansions into multi-family housings, that remain to our days.


After Plaza de Mayo, Plaza Dorrego is the oldest plaza in the city, previously known as the Plaza de la Residencia and Plaza de Comercio. It was in Plaza Dorrego, where a great part of the Buenos Aires people celebrated the independence of the nation in 1816.

Featuring less than 2500 sq meters, in 1861 Plaza Borrego was until 1861 the region’s marketplace, where the products, form in and around Buenos Aires, were sold to the public.

But in 1897, the city’s government changes the supplies regulations, and private markets and shops were allowed outside the Plaza de Comercio. It was then when the actual San Telmo Market was built.


San Telmo’s traditional features would change once again during the 1970s, when the area was declared cultural patrimony of the city and historical quarter. It was in 1970 when the now traditional Sunday Antique Fair that takes place in Plaza Dorrego began. The fair kicked off right away and the neighborhood’s feel towards its current artistic and cultural aura began to develop. From day one to these days the growth and development was non stop, featuring today over 270 antique stands.


San Telmo’s rich histrory can be appreciated thru jeans of the several architectural remains. Most constructions have a story hidden behind their bricks that trigger their aesthetic relevance into a broader cultural feel. That is the case of Minimal House. This is the city’s tiniest property. Located on the gorgeous Pasaje San Lorenzo, this property is only 2,50 meters wide. Featuring an undressed fašade, the historical value of this house lays on the fact that it stands upon the city as a reminder of Argentina’s past. According to the city historians, this property was owned by one of the many liberated slaves after the revolution of Independence in the early 1800s.

Not many people know that Buenos Aires had a large African population during its early years. The history of the Afro Argentines is rich and interesting, and we’ve written about it previously. However it is important to state that while epidemics and wars mined the Afro Argentine community, it didn’t disappear and remains proudly to these days. Even more, on December 13th at 5Pm, there’s going to be a Candombe parade from the minim house to the Cabildo to remember the afro argentine roots of San Telmo.


The story of San Telmo and its properties is broad and rich, therefore we will keep on posting new articles on this neighborhood, its circuits and tourist attractions.  

So if you are interested in Art or Antiques, and you are thinking of travelling to Argentina please feel free to email us…….. Please feel free to contact Bob Frassinetti: For more information: Email: Bob Frassinetti. Phone me thru Skype, ID: Bob Frassinetti or you can also chat with me thru Yahoo, press here:

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