I was very surprised to get a letter from Parcelforce saying they were holding a parcel from the USA to me as VAT was due - we had to pay £16 before they would release the parcel to us. This was our Xmas parcel from my brother in the US. So basically, we has to pay for our own Christmas presents. We have had parcels every year from him and have never had to pay any kind of excise duty. Having googled this, it appears that VAT is due on anything sent from outside the EU which has a value of £15 or more. Can only think this is a new thing or they are just cracking down. Anyone else had the same experience this Christmas? I'm guessing this will affect purchases made via eBay etc if the item is from outside the EU.