At UPakWeShip, we get many people moving overseas wanting to ship a load of boxes and a mattress. I understand you don’t want to sleep on someone elses mattress in a furnished apartment you are renting, but it just isn’t cost effective to ship your old mattress overseas. The trouble is how do you ship a mattress without it costing a fortune due to its size and not being able to fit in a U Crate or on a pallet? The answer is buy one vacuum packed in a box. They easily fit in a U Crate or on a pallet. Be Aware most countries require items you ship to be 6 months old in order to import them duty free so buy them in advance. Don’t pay a fortune to ship an old bulky mattress when you can buy a new one vacuum packed.
For an example: say your moving estimate is $12 per cubic foot for moving from New York to London. A large mattress at 40 cubic feet once protected and loaded into a mattress carton would cost 40x$12 = $480
A new one vacuum packed in a box is at most 8 cubic feet x $12 = $96 and costs to buy a mattress is about $300.00
Therefore, seeing its cheaper to buy a new mattress and ship it, rather than shipping your old bed bugged stained bulky mattress, you are technically shipping it for free!
Alternatively don’t ship a mattress at all and buy a new one when you get there.
Sweet Dreams, The International Moving Doctor
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