Not bad. Parcel Force charge you £13 for the privelege of putting your packet on the shelf until you pay the duty to the tax man.
not quite - Parcelforce charge you for them paying the tax man on your behalf, and then claiming it back off you... It would take a whole lot longer for HMC&E to send you a letter, get paid release the parcel to delivery service etc...
It used to be that if a parcel is shoebox size or smaller the chances are it would go straight through, no charges, but lately smaller items are being stopped and charged. And don't forget you get charged on the shipping cost too.
The only way to bypass this is to put an incorrect value, which is (a) illegal and (b) in the event of a claim (if insured) you cant claim more than the listed cost.