has anyone any experience of shipping valuable items between the
US and the UK?
I know how reckless this sounds. But I mail work to the UK uninsured
and it gets there just fine most of the time. Only one package lost
in 8 years, usually mailing 5 to 10 parcels a year. Most of the
parcels are declared value $200 to $400. Do the math. If the cost of
insured parcel post air or FedEx adds 10% to the cost, and the
actual risk of loosing a package is 2% or less, it costs less to
loose the odd package now and then. Half the time the tax collectors
let the parcel pass for free, which is also a savings.
If the work is irreplacable, that risk may be too much and I
probably would not ship something worth more than $1000 that way.
Insured parcel post air is the way to go if you use the post office.
I wish I could ship to Canada as easily. Sad to say about 20% go
missing to Canada.