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Old 08-09-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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Default Mattress Fumigation - need updates ;-)

Hi,

I am starting to pack for my move to Canada. I run into problem with my mattress. It says on the cbsa website that mattresses need to be fumigated, and the cbsa officer over the phone says so too, but I found that there is an exemption for mattresses imported under tariff item Nos. 9806.00.00, 9807.00.00, 9808.00.00, 9809.00.00 or 9810.00.00

USED OR SECOND-HAND MATTRESSES (http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d9/d9-1-7-doc-eng.html - broken link)

I seem to fit the 9807.00.00, but I am currently on a work permit which expires in 36 months, so not exactly a settler yet although the officers has treated me like one over the phone. However, I am going to apply for permanent residency (I just bought a house in Canada so I am staying). Would you advise that my mattress need fumigation? (As a matter of fact there is no company in NYC that does that, they usually fumigate the whole house and I could not even get a quote for fumigating a single matterss). Please advise.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:19 PM
 
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Throw it out and buy a new one when you get there. Probably cheaper
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:20 PM
 
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The reason they are so strict.. NYC specifically has had a huge bed bug problem. They aren't taking any chances..
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Old 08-10-2011, 04:38 AM
 
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Just take your mattress, along with a print-out of the section that exempts settlers' effects from fumigation (in case they give you trouble).
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:16 PM
 
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Whats so special about a mattress? just throw out the old one and buy a new one when you get to Canada..
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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You know, some people have expensive mattresses. I have a three year old Serta california king sized plush firm mattress that cost me $1100. It's not so simple to "just throw it out and buy a new one in Canada." Why not also throw out your dining set, or television, or your Persian rugs?
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:39 PM
 
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Throwing all that stuff out.. and buying used replacements when you arrive can be cheaper then paying for fumigating and transport plus dealing with the border or paying the fees a mover charges for brokerage.

Also if the original poster was talking about an $1100 mattress they'd likely have mentioned it and have been concerned with what fumigating would do to it.
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Old 08-11-2011, 02:09 AM
 
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I guess some people just get attached to their mattresses as often times on the news i see some group evacuating some war torn country and theres always the guy with the mattress on his back plodding along with the crowd.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:12 AM
 
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Well I know for a fact that a settler does not have to fumigate his mattress; the OP's status is a bit unclear since it's a temporary visa and not a permanent residence visa. I agree that for a $200 twin mattress it may make more sense to just buy a new one, but if the mattress is an expensive one it doesn't hurt to go ahead and bring it. You can also fumigate a mattress yourself using fumigation "bombs" bought at Home Depot. One idea is to do this and take a few pictures of the process as proof that it was completed and bring it with you.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:12 AM
 
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Tarp i dont think it would be in the best interests of the op's health to fumigate his mattress with pesticides then sleep on it..
But if it has to be done at least get a professional to do it..
I'm getting a hilarious comedy skit in my imagination of the op doing it himself..
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