Yeah, it's a hit and miss so I take the risk but I am always weighing the possibility of such a hit. I probably get hit on every third or fourth package coming in. I found that packages with value under 100 (whatever currency) usually don't get hit. If I needed to order anything more expensive, I would assume custom hit is likely, even with UK or USPS.... If you plan on a trip to NY you can shop at CT stores there....could be well worth the ticket.