Was it USPS via ParcelFarce by any chance?
By the way >> One item valued at £36 or below is Free of customs duty and import VAT.
If they find out you've lied about the 'Gift' classification (under £36) or marked the value down lots then they get arsey.
One item valued at £44 (for example) - Customs duty is charged unless the amount of duty is less than £7. Import VAT is chargeable on the full value.
Royal Mail (and ParcelFarce) also have the right to charge handling fees if they've had to examine the package.
This is quite good>> http://www.sloanefox.freeserve.co.uk/importukduty.htm
I get hit probably 1 out of every 20 shipments from outside the EU and 99% of these items are way over £36....work that out
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